|Death: ||Apr. 8, 1948|
A thoroughbred race horse: who won the 1928 Kentucky Derby, along with honors as the American Horse of the Year. He went on to win the 1929 Coronation Cup in England and later was inducted into the American Hall of Fame.
Owned by Fannie (Francis) Kesner Hertz, wife of John Daniel Hertz, entrepreneur and taxi cab mogul. He was bred by Willis Sharpe Kilmer and born at Court Manor near New Market, Virginia. A sire of Sunreigh and his dam was Contessina. After championship years came a controversial end, at the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park dispossessing him of the win. After holding the lead, just before the finish line, as news media reported a possible misjudgment by his jockey or by instructions from his owner, but his stablemate Anita Peabody won by a slight margin. The next day's New York Times photo pictured the jockeys, side-by-side, looking at each other at the finishline. His jockey usually wore number 3 on his yellow jersey with a black circle on the sleeve and a yellow cap. Mrs. Hertz color choice were the same used by their Chicago Yellow Taxi Cab company and the rental car business.
Reigh Count is buried at Stoner Creek Farm, Paris, Kentucky, where he was born. This stud farm was established by John D. Hertz in 1929. The breeding stock was moved here from McHenry County, (near Cary) Illinois. Reigh Count's finest sire, 1943 American Triple Crown champion, Count Fleet is buried here, along with other famous Hertz thoroughbreds. Hertz sold the farm to the Woolworth family, who went on to raise standardbreds.
(bio by Bonnie Duresa)
Stoner Creek Farm Grounds
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Record added: Feb 19, 2011
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