Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt 1912-1999 - Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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N 38° 02.516 W 084° 29.409
16S E 720249 N 4213442
Quick Description: Important figures in Thoroughbred racing.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 1:56:17 AM
Waymark Code: WMF0V7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

1912 - 1999

Son of a sporting coachman, who went down on the Lusitania, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt took over his family's Sagamore Farm in Maryland after his 21st birthday in 1933. He soon purchased Discovery, which campaigned across the country for several years as one of AQmerica's most rugged Thoroughbred champions. Vanderbilt also was drawn into race track management. Pimlico Race Course, and its Preakness Stakes, prospered under his presidency, and Vanderbilt had two stints as president of New York tracks. After service in the Pacific as a P-T boat commander, Vanderbilt continued breeding and racing and turned out a series of champions including Next Move, Bed 'o Roses, and Native Dancer. Bred at Dan Scott farm outside Lexington, Vanderbilt's "Gray Ghost" Native Dancer was the nation's first Thoroughbred television idol. He won 21 of 22 races from 1952-54, his only loss being an upset by Dark Star in the Kentucky Derby. As sire of Raise a Native and grandsire of Northern Dancer, the gray champion became internationally predominant in Thoroughbred pedigrees.
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