By Carole Case
This learn examines the historical past of yank thoroughbred racing, specifically the tale at the back of the Jockey membership - shaped in 1894 by means of the nation's richest and strongest males - which nonetheless maintains to exert an impressive impact in this activity of kings.
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Extra resources for The Right Blood: America's Aristocrats in Thoroughbred Racing
Henry Ford II. Her antecedents would seem to have been prestigious enough. Still, something must have offended the old guard. Vanderbilt took society’s response gracefully, though, and named a horse Social Outcast in honor of his banishment. One Jockey Club marriage outside the social fold had far more tragic consequences. Still, from the beginning, and in the tradition of the upper class, family members sought to cope well with the resulting scandals. When the son of William Woodward I (chairman of the Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company, member of the ﬁrst Federal Reserve Board, and chairman of the Jockey Club) married Ann Eden Crowell, a model from Kansas City, his mother, Elizabeth Ogden Cryden Woodward, behaved with propriety.
Although the press had expected the entire Vanderbilt clan, only the immediate family attended. 18 The marriage was not a love match. Consuelo was not enthusiastic about her mother’s choice; she had been held under constant guard and forbidden to speak to anyone on the day of her wedding. Clearly nervous, she leaned on her father when they arrived at the church, where thousands had gathered for a brief glimpse of her. She even delayed some twenty minutes before starting down the aisle. At the ceremony’s completion, a formal contract was signed.
When they got the bonds, they promptly sold them at a 15 percent proﬁt. Shortly thereafter, Belmont was involved in an even more far-reaching business transaction. He joined with two other banking giants— JOCKEYING FOR POWER Kuhn, Loeb, and Company and Levi P. Morton, father-in-law of another Jockey Club member—to form the Panama Canal Company of America. Like his astute business practices, August Belmont II’s personal tastes were akin to those of his father. He also raced thoroughbreds, and for nearly thirty years he was not only the fox set to watch the chickens, but the chickens too—he simultaneously served as chairman of the state commission charged with regulating racing and as chairman of the Jockey Club, whose rules the commission regulated.