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Edward L. Bowen

Edward Bowen
Born West Virginia
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Florida
University of Kentucky
Known for Being the President of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

Edward L. Bowen (born c.1942 in West Virginia) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing historian and author and the president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, an institution involved in funding equine research.

Bowen grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he was influenced by a father who like horses. He rode ponies as a boy and became a fan of thoroughbred racing from watching races on television. In 1960 he attended the University of Florida to study journalism then in 1963 transferred to the University of Kentucky, a move that allowed him to also write for the Lexington-basedThe Blood-Horse magazine.

In 1968 he accepted a job in Canada as editor of The Canadian Horse. In 1970 he returned to work for The Blood-Horse as its managing editor, remaining with magazine for another twenty-three years and rising to be its editor-in-chief.

Edward Bowen is the author of eighteen books, including the two-volume set, Legacies of the Turf, named by ForeWord Reviews magazine as its Sports Book of the Year. He penned the story of Man o' War, the first book in the Thoroughbred Legends series published by Eclipse Press. For the series, he also authored the books on War Admiral, Nashua, and Bold Ruler. Bowen's most recent book is Masters of the Turf, released in January 2007.

A resident of Versailles, Kentucky, Edward Bowen has been the recipient of a number of industry awards including the 1972 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Magazine Writing.

Selected books:

  • From Foal to Champion (photographs by Dell Hancock) (1991)
  • Jockey Club's Illustrated History of Thoroughbred Racing in America (1994)
  • Matriarchs : Great Mares of the 20th Century (foreword by Seth Hancock) (1999)
  • Dynasties : Great Thoroughbred Stallions (foreword by William S. Farish) (2000)
  • At the Wire : Horse Racing's Greatest Moments (2001)
  • Belmont Park : A Century of Champions (original paintings by Richard Stone Reeves) (2005)



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