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Henry S. Clark

Henry S. Clark
Induction Year: 
Jan. 19, 1904
Feb. 6, 1999
Career Years: 

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Henry S. Clark was born into a family with longstanding ties to thoroughbred racing. His grandfather, William Jennings, Sr., was a prominent Maryland trainer who conditioned 1887 Preakness Stakes winner Dunboyne. Clark got his start at Cumberland, a bull-ring track in Maryland, with a gelding named Black Dreams, who provided the trainer his first victory. Early in his career, Clark met Liz Whitney and began a seven-year stint as her head trainer. Whitney’s Blue Cypress was Clark’s first stakes winner.


The bulk of Clark’s career was spent in service to Henry Lunger and Jane du Pont Lunger’s Christiana Stable. Clark was known for his success with fillies and mares. He trained Tempted, the Champion Older Female of 1959, as well as Obeah and Endine, both two-time winners of the Delaware Handicap. Clark won the Delaware Handicap four times.


Other significant horses Clark trained included Light Hearted, Cyane, Linkage, Camargo, Thinking Cap, and Unity Hall. Clark’s notable victories included the Travers Stakes, Alabama Stakes, Saranac Handicap, Beldame Stakes, Diana Handicap (2), Dwyer Stakes, Manhattan Handicap, Maskette Handicap (3), Massachusetts Handicap (2), Molly Pitcher Handicap, and Blue Grass Stakes, among others.


Clark was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. He continued training until shortly before his death in February of 1999 at the age of 95.