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David D. Withers

David Withers
Born January 7, 1821
United States
Died February 13, 1892
New York City
Resting place New York Marble Cemetery
Residence New York, New York
New Orleans, Louisiana
Paris, France
Occupation Thoroughbred owner/breeder
Racetrack owner
Religion Episcopalian

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."

The Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, Queens, New York is named in his honor.



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