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Sherrill W. Ward

Sherrill W. Ward
Induction Year: 
1978
Career Years: 
1929-1975

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   Sherrill Ward learned the craft of Thoroughbred conditioning from his father, who was also a trainer. He began galloping horses for his father as a teenager at Saratoga and saddled his first winner when he was 18.

   Ward had a knack for nursing ill or injured horses back to health and racing condition. Despite the great Forego’s serious leg problems, Ward successfully guided the gelding through three outstanding campaigns. He also brought Summer Tan back from a near-fatal blood clot to be a winner at 4 and 5.

   Hall of Famer Forego was the best of Ward’s horses. The big gelding won five championships for Ward, including Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year in 1974 and 1975. Forego won at distances ranging from seven furlongs to two miles.

  Among Ward’s other top horses were Idun (1957 Champion 2-Year-Old Female and 1957 Champion 3-Year-Old Female), Come Hither Look, Wise Daughter, Indian Sunlite, Maid of France, Treacherous, and Greek Spy.

  Ward received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1974 and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1978.

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