Gentleman rider, breeder, owner, and racetrack executive
Bayard Tuckerman, Jr. purchased his first Thoroughbred at age 11. It was the beginning of a lifelong interest in Thoroughbred racing that made Tuckerman a well-rounded expert in most areas of the sport.
Tuckerman rode steeplechase before and after the Great War. From 1910-15, he rode 100 horses with 16 wins but placed in 54% of his races. He was considered a leading amateur rider in the 1920's and in 1927 rode his horse Homestead in the American Grand National at Belmont Park. In the 1930's Tuckerman raced flat runners and jumpers under the name of Essex Stable. He also established Little Sunswick Farm and bred 10 added-money winners, including Lavender Hill, Champion Handicap Mare in 1954.
Tuckerman promoted horse racing in Massachusetts and was the first president of Suffolk Downs.
Bayard Tuckerman was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1973.
Tuckerman aboard Homestead