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1933 Hambletonian

Mary Reynolds


Mary Reynolds: Up From the Sunny South William N. Reynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was one of the leading breeders and owners in harness racing until his death in 1951. Chairman of the Board of Reynolds Tobacco, Reynolds sent his homebred filly Mary Reynolds to the care of trainer Ben White as a yearling. The filly was campaigned lightly at two and wound up the year by winning a heat of the Kentucky Futurity, which was then a two-year-old event. Her three-year-old season set her up as a contender for the Hambo, with several stakes wins and placings to her credit. With a pair of wins and a second on Hambletonian Day, she became the third filly in just eight years to take that classic. Mary Reynolds was unraced at four, but came back to race as a five-year-old before beginning her broodmare career. She was the dam of several stakes winners before she was exported to Europe.

Brown Berry, winner of the second heat and favorite in the final heat, was in the lead and fell to his knees just yards from the finish line. The turf journals of the day recounted it as the "$25,000 stumble." Fred Egan, the trainer/driver of Brown Berry was unseated, but managed to straddle the sulky, his elbow over one shaft, his knees across the other, and finished 11th in the race salvaging second money under the placing system (2-1-11). Mary Reynolds became the only winner that traces her paternal line to Peter The Brewer, a son of Peter The Great and a great-great-grandson of Hambletonian 10. Possibly the first newsreel coverage of the Hambletonian.
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Mary Reynolds
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