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Mesh Tenney

Mesh Tenney
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   Born on Nov. 16, 1907, Arizona native Mesh Tenney trained 36 stakes winners in his career, including Hall of Famer Swaps, the 1955 Kentucky Derby winner and the 1956 Horse of the Year.

   Tenney was the leading money-winning trainer in the United Stakes in 1962 and 1963. In 1963, he conditioned Candy Spots to victory in the Preakness and placings in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.

   Tenney won the Santa Anita Derby and San Pasqual Handicap three times each; the Hollywood Gold Cup and American Derby twice; and the Santa Anita Derby, Strub Stakes, Malibu Stakes, Arlington Classic, Florida Derby, and Metropolitan Handicap once each.

   The colorful Tenney was proud of his western roots. He trained several horses of childhood friend and fellow Mormon Rex

Ellsworth. The duo was dubbed the “Cowboy Race Kings” by Life magazine.


Mesh Tenney was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1991. He died two years later.