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Edward A. Neloy

Edward A. Neloy
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  Eddie Neloy quit school for the racetrack at age 14 and – with the exception of service in World War II – spent the rest of his life at the races. He became a head trainer in 1945 and developed a reputation for transforming claiming horses into stakes winners, which soon brought him higher quality horses.

  Neloy trained five champions, including Hall of Famer Buckpasser (1966 Horse of the Year). Another of Neloy’s horses, Gun Bow, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. 
   The pinnacle of Neloy’s career was when he trained for the Phipps’ stable in 1966. During a two-year span, he trained all five of his champions, and in 1966 his earnings of $2,456,250 set an American record that was not broken for eight years.

   Neloy led American trainers in earnings from 1966-1968. He was also named the National Turf Writers Association Trainer of the Year in 1964 and 1966.

   Significant races won by Neloy include the Brooklyn Handicap (3), Kentucky Oaks, Withers Stakes, Acorn Stakes (3), Hopeful Stakes (4), Whitney Handicap (2), Woodward Stakes (2), Metropolitan Handicap (3), Saratoga Special (3), American Derby (2), Jockey Club Gold Cup, Lawrence Realization Stakes (3), Travers Stakes, Suburban Handicap, and Sanford Stakes.

   Edward A. Neloy was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1983.