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Sam Hildreth

Born: May 16, 1866

Death: Sep 24, 1929

Birthplace: Independence

Profession: Horse trainer

Nationality: United States

Sam Hildreth

Date of Birth : May 16, 1866
Date of Death : Sep 24, 1929
Birth Place : Independence

Samuel Clay Hildreth was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame trainer and owner. Born in Independence, Missouri, Sam Hildreth began his training career in 1887, competing at racetracks in the Midwestern United States with such horses as the good racemare Hurley Burley, the dam of Burgomaster. In 1898 he moved to New York City where thoroughbred racing was a leading sport offering the largest purses. He was first hired to train horses owned by wealthy businessman William Collins Whitney, but soon set out on his own, buying horses for himself and training for others. He won his first of seven Belmont Stakes in 1899 with the horse Jean Bereaud for owner Sydney Paget. By the turn of the 20th century, Samuel Hildreth had expanded his New York operations and owned the largest racing stables at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. That year, he appointed former outlaw Frank James as his betting commissioner at the track. Among the horses Hildreth owned was Fitz Herbert who won the Brooklyn Handicap, Suburban Handicap, and the Jerome Handicap en route to being voted the Horse of the Year in 1909, and again in 1910.


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