Born on March 10, 1859 in Patterson, N.J., Frank McCabe began his racing career as a jockey before becoming a prolific trainer of Thoroughbreds.
After enjoying some success as a rider, McCabe became the stable foreman for future Hall of Famer James Rowe. When Rowe left his position as trainer for the prominent owners Phil and Mike Dwyer, McCabe succeeded him and went on to train eight champions, including future Hall of Famers Hanover, Miss Woodford and Kingston.
McCabe enjoyed a banner year in 1886. He guided Miss Woodford to six wins in seven starts as a 6-year-old; he orchestrated an unbeaten season of 13 races for Tremont, the Champion 2-year-old Colt; trained Dewdrop, the Champion 3-year-old Filly; and won the Belmont Stakes with Inspector B. McCabe also won the Belmont in 1887 with Hanover and in 1888 with Sir Dixon.
McCabe also won the Travers Stakes twice and produced major victories in the Brooklyn Derby, Coney Island Derby, Champion Stakes, Withers Stakes (2) and Toronto Cup Stakes.
Frank McCabe was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2007.