Britains Racing Colours Famous Owners, American issue: C V Whitney, boxed


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Britains Racing Colours Famous Owners, American series: CV Whitney. Cornelius Vanderbilt "C.V." ("Sonny") Whitney was an American businessman, film producer, writer, philanthropist, polo player, and government official, as well as the owner of a leading stable of thoroughbred racehorses. Born in Old Westbury, New York in 1899 he was the son of the wealthy and socially prominent Harry Payne Whitney and Gertrude Vanderbilt. As a member of both the Whitney and Vanderbilt families, he inherited a substantial fortune. However, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney proved to be a very capable businessman in his own right.

He was the third generation of Whitneys to be heavily involved in horse racing. Although he had fifteen horses compete in the Kentucky Derby, Whitney never won the prestigious race. One of his homes was the "Cady Hill" estate at Saratoga Springs, New York, not far from the Saratoga Race Course. It was there, in 1950, that he founded the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and served as its first president. He died in 1992.

Jockey wears Whitney's pale blue silks with brown cap and rides a black horse. Whip complete. Contained in an original two-part box with name label to lid

Manufacturer reference RC 94

Both horse and jockey in very good to excellent condition with only very minor paint loss. Box in very good condition with only minor edge rubbing and discoloration

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