Ben F. Whitaker

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Ben F. Whitaker
Born c. 1893
Dallas, Texas, United States
Died April 20, 1954
Dallas, Texas, United States
Cause of death Heart attack
Residence Dallas, Texas, United States
Occupation Oilman, hotel owner, racehorse owner & breeder

Ben F. Whitaker (c. 1893 - April 20, 1954) was a Dallas, Texas oilman with producing properties throughout the state of Texas, an owner of the Hotel Whitmore in Dallas, and a major owner and breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses including two Champions.[1]

Ben Whitaker began racing horses under his wife's name in the 1930s with stables based at Garland, Texas. His horses competed at the Arlington Downs racetrack located between Fort Worth and Dallas but after racing was banned in the state of Texas he relocated his operations to Lexington, Kentucky.

During his time in racing, Ben Whitaker employed trainers Jack Howard, "Blackie" McCoole, and future Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Conway who was in charge from 1946 until Whitaker's death in 1954. The owner of horses that won 231 races, among Whitaker's top runners were:

In April 1954, sixty-year-old Ben Whitaker suffered a heart attack and died a week later in a Dallas hospital.[6]