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Sylvester Veitch

Sylvester Veitch
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 Sylvester Veitch began his career as a jockey and trainer of steeplechase horses. He switched to flat racing in 1939 and began working for C.V. Whitney, for whom he conditioned four champions.

As Whitney’s trainer, Veitch worked with champions First Flight (1946 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly), Phalanx (1947 Champion 3-Year-Old Colt), Counterpoint (1951 Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt), and Career Boy (1956 Champion Male Turf Horse). Veitch captured the Belmont Stakes twice during his tenure with Whitney. Phalanx won the third leg of the Triple Crown in 1947 and Counterpoint won the Belmont in 1951.

  Veitch went to train for George D. Widener in 1958. For Widener, Veitch conditioned 1965 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly What a Treat. Veitch opened a public stable following Widener’s death in 1971.

  Veitch preferred training fillies, saying “colts are like boys, more bull-headed; fillies are more apt pupils.” Veitch managed to have success with both fillies and colts. He won 44 stakes races in his career and scored major victories in the Travers Stakes, Alabama, Jockey Club Gold Cup (2), Empire City Handicap, Monmouth Oaks, Wood Memorial (2), Beldame, Blue Grass, Metropolitan Handicap, Whitney Handicap, and Kentucky Oaks.

  Sylvester Veitch was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1977. Thirty years later, his son, John Veitch, followed his father’s footsteps into racing’s hallowed Hall of Fame.