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Henry S. Clark

Henry S. Clark
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   Henry S. Clark was born into a family with longstanding ties to Thoroughbred racing. His grandfather, William Jennings, was a prominent Maryland trainer who conditioned 1887 Preakness Stakes winner Dunboyne.

   Clark got his start at Charles Town with a gelding named Black Dreams. Early in his career at Charles Town, 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 and Jane 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’s four victories in the Delaware Handicap are more than any other trainer.

   Other significant horses Clark trained include Light Hearted, Cyane, Linkage, Camargo, Thinking Cap, and Unity Hall.

   Among Clark’s notable victories include the Travers Stakes, Saranac Handicap, Beldame Stakes, Diana Handicap (2), Dwyer Stakes, Manhattan Handicap, Massachusetts Handicap (2), Molly Pitcher Handicap and the Blue Grass Stakes.

   Henry S. Clark was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1982. He continued conditioning Thoroughbreds until shortly before his death in February of 1999 at the age of 95.