John J. Hyland

In the late 19th century, when the Futurity was run at the old Sheepshead Bay track and was by far the richest race in America, trainer John J. Hyland won it three times in a five-year span. Hyland won the Futurity with His Highness in 1891, The Butterflies in 1894 (the first filly to win the race), and Requital in 1895, all owned by Tammany Hall politician David Gideon and his partner, John Daly.

John J. Hyland (Museum Collection)
Inducted

1956

Born

1848, New York City, New York

Died

1913, Berlin, Germany

Career

1886-1913

Biography

In the late 19th century, when the Futurity was run at the old Sheepshead Bay track and was by far the richest race in America, trainer John J. Hyland won it three times in a five-year span. Hyland won the Futurity with His Highness in 1891, The Butterflies in 1894 (the first filly to win the race), and Requital in 1895, all owned by Tammany Hall politician David Gideon and his partner, John Daly.

For Gideon and Daly, Highland also trained 1894 Suburban Handicap winner Ramapo, and a top 3-year-old in Keenan, winner of the 1895 Brooklyn Derby and Tidal Stakes.

In 1896, Hyland took over the stable of August Belmont II and sent out Hastings to win the Belmont Stakes and Hall of Famer Henry of Navarre to win the Suburban with 129 pounds. In 1902, Hyland won a second Belmont Stakes for Belmont with Masterman, a son of Hastings.

For Belmont, Hyland also trained Hall of Fame filly Beldame as a 2-year-old. With adverse legislation causing a decline of New York racing in the first decade of the 20th century, Hyland went to Europe. He spent his final few years as a trainer in Germany. Hyland 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.

Achievements

Triple Crown Highlights

Won the 1896 Belmont Stakes — Hastings
Won the 1902 Belmont Stakes — Masterman

Other Highlights

Won the Futurity Stakes — 1891, 1894, 1895
Won the Suburban Handicap — 1894, 1896
Won the First Special — 1895

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