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Leigh, Eugene (1860 - 1937)

Trainer (T)

Associated Places:  USA; Foxhill, nr Swindon, Wilts; Maisons Laffitte, France

Description:

Born in the USA, where he trained with success, Eugene Leigh campaigned a Kentucky Derby and a Belmont Stakes winner before coming to England in 1901, setting up in a yard at Foxhill near Swindon. The following year he purchased two mares for £400 and exported both to the USA. One, Merry Token, became the grandam of Man O'War, the greatest horse to race in the US. The other mare, Ulla, was to be grandam of Botafogo, one of the best to race in South America.

The Foxhill Yard sent out the winners of 51 races before Eugene Leigh relocated to France and became private trainer to Pierre Wertheimer after the First World War. The partnership produced the remarkable Epigram. Eugene Leigh was also responsible for introducing lightweight plates into that country.

Important successes:

Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Kentucky Derby  Chant   1894   (T)
Grand Criterium  Epinard   1922   (T)
Stewards' Cup  Epinard   1923   (T)
 

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