Fred W. Hooper
October 6, 1897|
|Died||August 4, 2000
|Education||Public school: Grade 8|
|Occupation||Businessman, Racehorse owner/breeder|
|Children||Betty, Fred Jr., Robin, Kay|
Fred William Hooper (October 6, 1897 – August 4, 2000) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. He was a member of The Jockey Club, an honorary director of the Breeders' Cup, and one of the founders of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and one of its first presidents.
Born in Cleveland, Georgia, Hooper quit school in the eighth grade and worked as a schoolteacher, a carpenter, a riveter, a prizefighter and a potato farmer. He would make his fortune in the heavy construction business. He bought 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) near Montgomery, Alabama and started breeding champion Hereford cattle and eventually horses. He later built the Circle H Farm, an 1,100-acre (4.5 km2) horse breeding operation in Ocala, Florida.
Hooper won the 1945 Kentucky Derby with his first thoroughbred, Hoop Jr. In his 50 years as a horse-breeder, Hooper bred or raced the winners of more than one hundred stakes races. Among his other notable horse were U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductees Precisionist and Susan's Girl.
In 1975 and again in 1982, Fred Hooper was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder. In 1992, he was voted the Eclipse Award Of Merit, the industry's highest honor. In 1995 he was inducted in the Calder Race Course Hall of Fame.
- Durso, Joseph (Saturday, August 5, 2000). "Fred W. Hooper, 102, a Leading Owner and Breeder in Thoroughbred Racing, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-27.