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Hall of Fame - Pillars of the Turf

Name Inducted Biography
John R. Gaines 2017

Of all the praises directed to the memory of John R. Gaines after his death in 2005, one of the most cogent was from Ted Bassett, whose many roles in the industry included serving as president of the Breeders’ Cup organization: “Beyond his well-known contributions to the industry — Gainesway Farm, Breeders’ Cup, National Thoroughbred Racing Association — the mark of the man for those who knew him will always be his intellectual curiosity, his deep appreciation of the arts and his willingness to challenge the status quo.”


Matt Winn 2017

A 14-year-old Louisville native named Martin J. Winn was among the crowd estimated at 10,000 when Aristides defeated 14 rivals on May 17, 1875 at Churchill Downs in the inaugural running of the Kentucky Derby. In the years that followed, Martin J. Winn became better known as Col. Matt Winn and the Kentucky Derby was transformed from a local event into America’s signature thoroughbred race. Much of the credit for the event’s development belongs to Winn, who saw every Derby in person from the first edition through Ponder’s victory 75 years later in 1949.


Ogden Mills Phipps 2017

Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps provided inspiration and leadership to the sport of thoroughbred racing in numerous capacities while at the same time overseeing one of its premier and most historic family legacies on the track. He was passionate about all matter pertaining to the sport and its reputation, as evidenced by the fact he dedicated much of his life to the betterment of the game.


Arthur B. Hancock, Jr. 2016

More than anything else, Arthur Boyd “Bull” Hancock, Jr. was identifiable as a working horseman, the first of his profession to be elected to The Jockey Club. One of the most astute and accomplished breeders in American racing history, Hancock was also a prominent and respected leader in the sport who built upon an already grand foundation to further develop and entrench historic Claiborne Farm as arguably the most important horse farm in the world.


William Woodward, Sr. 2016

The breeder and owner of Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox and Omaha and a longtime chairman of The Jockey Club, William Woodward, Sr. was one of the most significant figures in American racing during the 20th century.


Alfred G. Vanderbilt 2015

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt loved thoroughbred racing — and for seven decades of the 20th century, Vanderbilt contributed to racing in ways that greatly benefited the sport.


John Hay Whitney 2015

John Hay Whitney was described by racing journalist Kent Hollingsworth as being “as close to royalty as American racing ever had.”


E. P. Taylor E. P. Taylor 2014

Few figures in the history of thoroughbred racing have had as diverse an impact as E.P. Taylor. The breeding, racing and sales arms of the sport all benefited from his vision.


E. R. Bradley E. R. Bradley 2014

A combination of legend and fact are woven into the traditional tales of Col. Edward Riley Bradley, but there is no doubt that he was an American success story on a grand scale.


August Belmont II August Belmont II 2013

August Belmont II (1853-1924) was born in New York City and spent part of his childhood in The Hague, where his father was serving as U.S. Minister to the Netherlands.

Paul Mellon 2013

One of the most esteemed sportsmen of the 20th century, Paul Mellon (1907-1999) was the only son of financier, industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon.