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Vester R. Wright

Vester R. Wright
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Gallatin, Tennessee
Birth date January 27, 1921
Death date July 25, 1966
Career wins not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Florida Derby (1953)
Louisiana Derby (1956)
Churchill Downs Handicap (1958)
Grassland Handicap (1958)
Michigan Derby (1960)
Breeders' Futurity (1961)
Forerunner Stakes (1962)
Derby Trial Stakes (1962)
Racing awards
United States Champion Thoroughbred Trainer by wins (1956, 1957, 1959, 1961)
Significant horses
Roman Line

Vester Richard "Tennessee" Wright (January 27, 1921 - July 25, 1966) was an American Champion Thoroughbred horse racing trainer who lead all trainers in the United States in wins four times.[1]

Born in Gallatin, Tennessee, he was widely known as "Tennessee Wright." His major race wins included the 1953 Florida Derby with Money Broker, the 1956 Louisiana Derby with Reaping Right. His best run was probably Roman Line who won the 1961 Breeders' Futurity then in 1962 the Forerunner and Derby Trial Stakes before finishing second in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness Stakes.

On July 25, 1966, Tennessee Wright's promising career was cut short when he suffered a heart attack and died at age forty-five.



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