Thomas Healey was born in New York City in 1866 and trained his first winner in 1888 at Gravesend. In a career that lasted more than half a century, Healey trained three champions and numerous stakes winners.
Healey operated one of the largest public stables in the country until 1896. He then began a long association with Richard T. Wilson’s Montpelier Stable. Wilson was the president of Saratoga Association and provided Healey many talented runners.
For Wilson, Healey conditioned The Parader (winner of the 1901 Preakness Stakes, Withers Stakes, and Lawrence Realization); Olambala (winner of the 1901 Latonia Derby and the 1910 Brighton and Suburban handicaps); Campfire (Champion 2-Year-Old Colt of 1916); Hannibal (winner of the 1918 Saratoga Special and the 1919 Travers Stakes); Pilory (winner of the 1922 Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes); Wilderness (winner of the 1925 Travers Stakes and Toronto Cup); and Sunfire (winner of back-to-back Toronto Cups in 1928 and 1929).
When Wilson died in 1929, Healey went to work for H.P. Whitney and his son, C.V. Whitney. For the Whitneys, Healey trained future Hall of Fame inductees Top Flight and Equipoise.
Healey finished with five victories in the Preakness, three wins in the Travers, Withers, and Futurity, and two triumphs in the Hopeful and Sanford. He retired from training in 1941 and went on to work as a racing official.
Thomas Healey was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1955 as part of the institution’s inaugural class.
Healey, right, confers with John Hay Whitney and jockey Buddy Ensor