David D. Withers
January 7, 1821|
February 13, 1892|
New York City
|Resting place||New York Marble Cemetery|
New York, New York|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack|
David Durham Withers (January 7, 1821 - February 13, 1892) was an American businessman and a Thoroughbred horse racing track owner and an owner/breeder. His 800-acre Brookdale Farm in the Lincroft section of Middletown Township, New Jersey was the home of some of the finest bloodstock in the world.
Heavily involved in the horse racing industry, David Withers served as the first president of the Board of Control which became The Jockey Club. In 1878, he partnered with Gordon Bennett, Jr., George L. Lorillard and George P. Wetmore, to purchase Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey.
Withers died in 1892 and was buried in the Marble Cemetery in New York City. According to his obituary in the February 27, 1892 edition of the Live Stock Record Withers "was the best racing authority in America."