Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II

Racehorse Owner and Breeder
Born Sep 22, 1912

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, Jr. was a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family, a son of the first Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who died a hero in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. His mother, Margaret Emerson (daughter of the Bromo-Seltzer inventor Isaac E Emerson), was one of America's wealthiest women and most sought-after hostesses, operating at least seven large estates around the country.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II.


1912 Birth Born on September 22, 1912.
1922 9 Years Old His mother, Margaret Emerson, took him to his first race, the Preakness Stakes, in 1922. … Read More


1935 22 Years Old Vanderbilt was elected to The Jockey Club as the youngest member in its history in 1935 and eventually campaigned four Eclipse Award champions: Discovery, Next Move, Bed O' Roses and the Native Dancer.
1938 25 Years Old During the late 1930s and early 1940s, he owned and ran Pimlico Racetrack outside Baltimore, and arranged the famous match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral in 1938. … Read More


1952 39 Years Old He returned to racing with characteristic zeal, bringing his greatest champion, Native Dancer, to the track in 1952. … Read More


1953 40 Years Old All told, he won 21 of 22 starts, with the single second-place finish in the 1953 Kentucky Derby his only career loss. … Read More


1971 58 Years Old Alfred G. Vanderbilt continued racing throughout his life and served as Chairman of the Board of the New York Racing Association from 1971 to 1975. … Read More


1999 87 Years Old He died November 12, 1999 at his home in Mill Neck, New York after attending the morning racehorse workouts.
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