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John J. Hyland

John J. Hyland
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   In the late 19th century, when the Futurity at Sheepshead Bay was the richest race in America, trainer John J. Hyland won it three times in a five-year span. The winners of those races — His Highness (1891), The Butterflies (1894) and Requital (1895) — were all owned by the partnership of Tammany Hall politicians David Gideon and John Daly.

   Hyland had plenty of success in the employ of Gideon and Daly, as he also won the 1894 Suburban Handicap and the 1895 Brooklyn Derby with their horses Ramapo and Keenan, respectively. 

   In the mid-1890s, Hyland began working for August Belmont II. In 1896, Hyland won the Belmont Stakes with Hastings, who was owned by Belmont, who also had Henry of Navarre in Hyland’s barn at the time. Hyland conditioned Henry of Navarre to wins in the 1895 Manhattan Handicap and 1896 Suburban Handicap.

   Hyland added another Belmont Stakes victory in 1902 with Masterman, who was also owned by Belmont. The Belmont-owned Beldame was under Hyland’s care as a 2-year-old in 1903 before Belmont leased the filly to another owner.

  When anti-gambling legislation restricted thoroughbred racing in America, Hyland spent his final few years as a trainer in Germany. He was hired by the Cologne-based banker Baron Oppenheim and helped Oppenheim’s stale earn a single-year record of $233,847 in 1913. Hyland died in Berlin that September.