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J. Howard Lewis

J. Howard Lewis
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  J. Howard Lewis was an outstanding steeplechase rider in the 1880s before moving on to a successful career as a trainer of jumpers.

  When Joseph D. Widener turned his focus to steeplechase horses at the end of the 19th century, Lewis was the man he chose as his conditioner. By that time Lewis had already established himself as a top rider and as a breeder of Thoroughbreds.

  Throughout the years, Lewis trained the winners of more than 150 stakes races for Widener. Eight times his stable won the Manly Memorial, six times (including five consecutive) the Temple Gwathmey, five times the Charles L. Appleton, and five times the Grand National.

  Lewis trained 14 steeplechase champions, including Hall of Famers Bushranger and Fairmount, as well as standouts Arc Light and Duettiste.

  J. Howard Lewis was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1969.