Vester R. Wright
|Vester R. Wright|
|Born||January 27, 1921
|Died||July 25, 1966|
|Career wins||not found|
|Major racing wins, honours and 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)
|United States Champion Thoroughbred Trainer by wins (1956, 1957, 1959, 1961)|
|Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame (1991)|
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. In 1991, he was inducted posthumously into the Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame.
- December 19, 1954 Los Angeles Times article on Tennessee Wright titled "Talented Trainer"
- Jul 26, 1959 Chicago Daily Tribune article on Tennessee Wright titled "He Has A Way With Horses"
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