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Horatio A. Luro

Horatio A. Luro
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   Horatio Luro was born on Feb. 27, 1901 in Argentina into a wealthy family that had been involved with horses for generations. Well connected, he was friends with the social and business elite. One of those clients was Canada’s E. P. Taylor, chairman of a giant business conglomerate, the founder of the Jockey Club of Canada, and later the president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Taylor hired Luro to run his Windfields Farm, a large breeding and racing operation with two farms in Ontario and another in Chesapeake City, Md.

   In a career that spanned 48 years, Luro trained 43 Stakes winners and three champions. He won the 1962 Kentucky Derby with California-bred Decidedly, and two years later won both the Derby and the Preakness Stakes with future Hall of FamerNorthern Dancer. Luro also trained three winners of the Canadian International Stakes, Eugenia II (1956), Spinney (1957), and One For All (1971).

   While running Windfields Farm, Luro oversaw the breeding of the great Nijinsky II, and from 1960-1969 Windfields won more races than any other breeding farm in North America. Three times, Luro-trained horses won Canada’s most prestigious race, the Queen’s Plate.

   Luro also won the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Santa Anita Handicap, Kentucky Oaks, Woodbine Oaks (2), Blue Grass Stakes, Florida Derby, and Prince of Wales Stakes.

   Other notable horses trained by Luro include Kayak II, the 1939 Champion Handicap Male, and Iceberg II, the 1953 Champion Turf Horse.

   Luro basked in the publicity surrounding his racing success, associating with the rich and famous including Hollywood stars such as Bing Crosby, while his dashing personality and good looks saw him dating some of society’s most glamorous women. He eventually acquired Old Mill Farm in Cartersville, Ga., where he and his wife, Frances, raised their family.

   Horatio Luro was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1980.