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T. J. Healey

Thomas J. Healey
Occupation Horse trainer
Birthplace Fordham, New York,
United States
Birth date c.1866
Death date October 8, 1944
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1901)
Withers Stakes (1901, 1930, 1933)
New Rochelle Handicap (1904)
Paumonok Handicap (1907, 1908)
Brighton Handicap (1910)
Durham Cup Handicap (1911)
Grey Handicap (1911)
Brooklyn Handicap (1915, 1928)
Futurity Stakes (1916, 1929, 1931)
Hopeful Stakes (1916, 1935)
Sanford Stakes (1916, 1926)
Toboggan Handicap (1917, 1920, 1932)
Demoiselle Stakes (1925, 1932, 1937)
Jerome Handicap (1925)
Latonla Championship Stakes (1926)
Autumn Stakes (Canada)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1955)
Thomas J. Healey Handicap at Garden State Park Racetrack
Significant horses
Campfire, Display, Dr. Freeland, Equipoise, Olambala, Pillory, Sunfire, The Parader,
Top Flight, Vigil

Thomas J. Healey (c.1866 - October 8, 1944) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame trainer. [1]

Regularly referred to as "T. J." by both his associates and the media, [2] Healey was born near the site of Fordham University in Fordham, New York. Growing up he worked on his father's dairy farm but rather than cows, his interests centered on Thoroughbred horses. While in his teens he took a job at a racetrack stable and by his early twenties had already begun training horses. In 1888, at Brooklyn's Gravesend Race Track, he saddled the first winner of his fifty-four-year career. For the next eighteen yerars he ran one of the largest public stables in the United States but in 1896 became the trainer for the Montpelier Stable of Richard T. Wilson, Jr., president of Saratoga Race Course. [3] Among the notable horses he trained for Wilson's stable were:

At the turn of the century, Healey trained horses for several prominent owners. Among them were Andrew Miller and Walter J. Salmon, Sr. Healey won his third Preakness Stakes with Salmon, Sr.'s colt Vigil in 1923. During the 1920s and into the first part of the 1930s, T. J. Healey also trained horses owned by Walter and Sarah Jeffords. For them, he won his fourth and fifth Preakness Stakes with:

  • Dr. Freeland - won the 1929 Preakness Stakes, 1931 Yorktown Handicap

Richard T. Wilson, Jr. died in December of 1929 and Healey was hired by Harry Payne Whitney [4] and his son, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. [5] Over a four-year period, T. J. Healey won a record $1,453,868 with Whitney runners. Among the most famous horses he race conditioned for Whitney were:

Thomas J. Healey retired from training in 1941 after which he served as a steward for the New Jersey State Racing Association. He died at age 78 on October 8, 1944. [6] Following its formation at Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1955 Thomas J. Healey was part of the inaugural class of inductees to the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.

John A. Healey

At the time of his death, Thomas J. Kelly and his wife Lillian had four daughters and a son, John A. Healey. Known as Jack, the younger Healy worked as an assistant with his father and often was responsible for overseeing a string of racehorses competing at tracks outside their New York/New Jersey base. [7] When the new Santa Anita Park opened in Arcadia, California in 1935, Jack Healey was sent with a string of horses by stable owner C. V. Whitney to compete there during the winter racing season. Jack Healey won the 1935 San Carlos Handicap, San Gabriel Handicap, and San Vicente Stakes.

Jack Healey made his home at Boxwood Farm in Cockeysville, Maryland. After his father's death, he was hired by Harry & Jane du Pont Lunger of Wilmington, Delaware to take charge of their Christiana Stables. Less than two months after he won the 1947 Modesty Stakes at Washington Park Race Track in Chicago, [8] John Healey fell ill and died at age forty-three on September 8, 1947 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland . [9]



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