Thomas J. Healey (July 16, 1866 - October 7, 1944) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame trainer.

Thomas J. Healey
OccupationHorse trainer
Born(1866-07-16)July 16, 1866
Fordham, New York,
United States
DiedOctober 7, 1944(1944-10-07) (aged 78)
Holmdel, New Jersey,
United States
Major racing wins
Tidal Stakes (1899)
Spring Stakes (1900, 1905)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1901)
Withers Stakes (1901, 1930, 1933)
New Rochelle Handicap (1904)
Surf Stakes (1904)
Champlain Handicap (1905, 1910, 1927)
Dolphin Stakes (1907)
Paumonok Handicap (1907, 1908)
Saratoga Handicap (1908, 1910)
Municipal Handicap (1909)
Saratoga Cup (1909, 1933)
Twin City Handicap (1909)
Brighton Handicap (1910)
Durham Cup Handicap (1911)
Grey Handicap (1911)
Walden Stakes (1911)
Brooklyn Handicap (1915, 1928)
Futurity Stakes (1916, 1929, 1931)
Great American Stakes (1915, 1916, 1930)
Hopeful Stakes (1916, 1935)
Sanford Stakes (1916, 1926)
Toboggan Handicap (1917, 1920, 1932)
Demoiselle Stakes (1925, 1932, 1937)
Havre de Grace Cup Handicap (1925, 1932)
Jerome Handicap (1925)
Latonla Championship Stakes (1926)
Oakdale Handicap (1926)
Autumn Handicap (1927)
Autumn Stakes (1928)
Jockey Club Cup Handicap (1927)
Toronto Cup Handicap (1927, 1928, 1929)
Windsor Hotel Cup Handicap (1928)
Victoria Stakes (1929)
Fashion Stakes (1930, 1934)
Great American Stakes (1930)
Pimlico Futurity (1930, 1931)
Arlington Lassie Stakes (1931, 1934)
Matron Stakes (1931)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1931)
Spinaway Stakes (1931)
Woodstock Stakes (1931)
Acorn Stakes (1932)
Alabama Stakes (1932)
Arlington Oaks (1932)
Bay Shore Handicap (1932)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1932)
Jamaica Handicap (1932)
Ladies Handicap (1932)
Metropolitan Handicap (1932, 1933)
Stars and Stripes Handicap (1932)
Whitney Handicap (1932)
Wilson Stakes (1932, 1933)
Arlington Handicap (1933)
Carter Handicap (1933)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1933)
Philadelphia Handicap (1933, 1934)
Saratoga Cup (1933)
Suburban Handicap (1933)
Dixie Handicap (1934)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1935)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes
(1901, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1929)
Belmont Stakes

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, Jabot, Olambala, Pillory, Sunfire, The Parader,
Top Flight, Vigil

Regularly referred to as "T. J." by both his associates and the media,[1] 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 years 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. [2] 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:

Richard T. Wilson, Jr. died in December 1929 and Healey was hired by Harry Payne Whitney[3] and his son, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney.[4] 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 7, 1944.[5] 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.[6]

John A. Healey edit

At the time of his death, Thomas J. Healey and his wife Margaret had five daughters and a son, John A. Healey. Known as Jack, the younger Healey 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 retirement, 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] Jack 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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