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Chadds Ford Stable

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  • Owner(s): Phyllis Wyeth
  • Born: Nov. 13, 1940 in New York City
  • Residence: Chadds Ford, Pa.
  • Family: Wyeth's husband, celebrated artist James Wyeth, is a son of honored artist Andrew Wyeth. Her late parents, James P. Mills and Alice Francis du Pont Mills, founded Hickory Tree Farm and raced such horses as champion Devil's Bag and grade 1 winners Gone West and Believe It
  • Education: Columbia University
  • Professional Background: Founded the Herring Gut Learning Center in Maine  ... A strong supporter of conservation initiates, she has served as trustee to The Heinz Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Mary Chichester duPont Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council ... Worked for John F. Kennedy while he was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and President of the United States. Wyeth handled White House mail for President Kennedy ... While working for the National Endowment for the Arts, she played a lead role in making the National Gallery accessible to disabled persons, which later led to all federal buildings adopting the same standards of accessibility for the disabled  ... She suffered a broken neck in a 1962 automobile accident and became wheelchair-bound in 2001 due to the degenerative effect of her injuries
  • Racing Background: Grew up in a racing family through her father’s ownership of Hickory Tree Farm ... Was a steeplechase rider from 1958-1961 ... Has raced a small stable of primarily steeplechase runners for about 40 years
  • Racing Career: Experienced the thrill of her first Grade 1 victory in 2011 with a colt who, quite literally, was a dream come true ... Union Rags won the Champagne (G1) for Wyeth and trainer Michael Matz, following up a victory in the Saratoga Special (G2), and is a leading candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile ... Union Rags earned an automatic spot in the BC Juvenile field as the Champagne was part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series … “I bred Union Rags and then sold him for $145,000,” Wyeth said. “But then I started having dreams that he was going to do some great things. So I bought him back for $390,000 at Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-yerar-old sale. It wasn’t a great business deal at the time, but I am so happy I did it.” ... Union Rags’ victory in the Saratoga Special earned Wyeth a $200,000 bonus from Fasig-Tipton for owning the first horse from the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sales to win a graded stakes at Saratoga
  • Breeding/Racing Operation: Owns Point Lookout Farm in Wilmington, Del. … Owns approximately 15 horses, included six mares and two horses in training ... Recently upgraded her roster of broodmares by purchasing Sapphire N Silk and Aztec Pearl ... She also bred Golden Gear, who was unplaced in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

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