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G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.

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  • Born: June 12, 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Residence: Sewickley, Pa.
  • Family: wife Sally, three children, including daughter Vicki Oliver, a successful trainer
  • Education: Graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration, graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts.
  • G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s racing stable focuses on fillies that will be channeled back to his breeding operation. An example of his strategy in 2013 is Strong Mandate, winner of the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on September 2. The colt is a son of millionaire Clear Mandate, a two-time starter in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff owned and co-bred by Humphrey. Strong Mandate was sold for $200,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale and the colt races for other connections.
  • Centre Court, a 2013 G1 winner whom he co-bred with the Louise Humphrey Revocable Trust, went to the sidelines in late August after finishing off-the-board in three consecutive races. Plans call for her to return to training as a five-year-old in 2014 but if she is not competitive in the upper echelons, she will join Humphrey’s broodmare band.
  • Humphrey purchased Centre Court’s dam, Let, for $350,000 at the 1996 Keeneland July Yearling Sale. She became a graded stakes winner and earned more than $600,000 before joining Humphrey’s broodmare band. Let produced a colt by 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame in 2012, but did not have a foal in 2013. She was bred to Curlin for 2014. 
  • In partnership with William S. Farish, bred 1987 Distaff winner and 1987 champion three-year-old filly Sacahuista. In his own name, bred Newfoundland, 12th in the 2004 Classic.
  • As a Thoroughbred owner and partner in the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, G. Watts Humphrey achieved an unusual sports double in Oct. 2011 when he earned the leading Thoroughbred owner title at the prestigious Keeneland Race Course fall meeting, one day after watching the Cardinals win the World Series.
  • Humphrey raises his Thoroughbreds on the fringe of the famed bluegrass region at his 1,000-acre Shawnee Farm near Harrodsburg, Ky., 30 miles southwest of Lexington. He typically has more than 50 racehorses at the track divided between his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Phil Oliver, and his longtime trainer George “Rusty” Arnold II.
  • Humphrey’s wife Sally bred 1980 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Genuine Risk. With his aunt, Pamela Firman, Humphrey bred 1985 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner and $4-million earner Crème Fraiche. Individually and in partnerships, has campaigned a long list of stakes winners including Likely Exchange (dam of Crème Fraiche) and Clear Mandate (sixth in  the 1996 and ’97 Distaff).
  • His strong family ties to horse racing include his paternal grandfather, a prominent Thoroughbred owner who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Eisenhower.
  • Is president of a private investment company and several manufacturing companies in the Pittsburgh area.

Breeders' Cup Record

1996DistaffClear Mandate6th
1997DistaffClear Mandate6th
2010Juvenile Fillies TurfForest Legend4th

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