Alfred II

American racehorse owner and breeder Alfred II

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.
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  • 1999
    Age 86
    He died November 12, 1999 at his home in Mill Neck, New York after attending the morning racehorse workouts.
  • 1971
    Age 58
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 40
    All told, he won 21 of 22 starts, with the single second-place finish in the 1953 Kentucky Derby his only career loss.
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  • 1952
    Age 39
    He returned to racing with characteristic zeal, bringing his greatest champion, Native Dancer, to the track in 1952.
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  • 1938
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1935
    Age 22
    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.
  • 1922
    Age 9
    His mother, Margaret Emerson, took him to his first race, the Preakness Stakes, in 1922.
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  • 1912
    Born on September 22, 1912.
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