August Belmont, Jr.

August Belmont, Jr.

Born Feb 18, 1853

August Belmont, Jr. was an American financier, the builder of New York's Belmont Park racetrack, and a major owner/breeder of thoroughbred racehorses.

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1853 Birth Born on February 18, 1853.


1875 22 Years Old Born in New York City, he was the son of Caroline Slidell (née Perry) and the wealthy banker, August Belmont. His maternal grandfather was Commodore Matthew C. Perry. He graduated from St. Mark's School (Massachusetts) and was an 1875 graduate of Harvard University, where, as a sprinter, he introduced spiked track shoes to the United States. … Read More
1881 28 Years Old In 1881, August Belmont, Jr. married childhood sweetheart and next-door neighbor, Elizabeth Hamilton Morgan. … Read More


1888 35 Years Old In 1888, August Belmont, Jr. became the American Kennel Club's fourth President.


1895 42 Years Old 1 More Event
August Belmont, Jr. served as the first president of The Jockey Club and was chairman of the New York State Racing Commission. In 1895 he was one of the nine founding members of the National Steeplechase Association. … Read More
1902 49 Years Old Three times, horses from August Belmont, Jr.'s stable won the Belmont Stakes, the first coming in 1902 followed by back-to-back wins in 1916 and 1917.


1907 54 Years Old He served as president, and, in 1907, chairman of the company. … Read More
1908 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Belmont, Jr. also had horses competing in England and in 1908 his American-bred colt Norman III won a British Classic Race, the 2,000 Guineas.
1910 57 Years Old A widower for twelve years, on February 26, 1910 he married actress Eleanor Robson.


1924 71 Years Old 1 More Event
He spent his last years on his estate in North Babylon, New York. He died on December 10, 1924 at his apartment at 550 Park Avenue. and was buried in the Belmont family plot at Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island along with his parents and his brother Perry Belmont. … Read More
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