Article: The Belmont’s Jewish Backstory | The Jewish Week

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Wow. Pin us, trainer of the first Belmont winner, Finian, sounds like a real class act  we could use more men like him in this modern racing game  

The Belmont’s Jewish Backstory | The Jewish Week

The owner of the horse — will it be Derby-winner Animal Kingdom, Preakness-winner Shackleford or a 30-to-1 longshot? — who takes this year’s Belmont Stakes on Saturday will hoist an ornate trophy high. Made by Tiffany from glittering silver, the bowl and cover are topped with detailed oak leaves and a proud figure of a thoroughbred named Fenian.

The Jewish trainer Jacob Pincus saddled Fenian for the Belmont, and the resulting victory helped make Pincus the leading trainer of 1869. “Leading trainer” was just one in a series of Pincus’ many accomplishments. He also trained Iroquois, the first American-bred winner of England’s Epsom Derby in 1881. With that triumph, Pincus and Iroquois proved to the haughty British and French racing worlds that American thoroughbreds had arrived.

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