Sherrill W. Ward

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Sherrill W. Ward
Occupation Trainer
Born March 14, 1911
Miami, Florida, United States
Died February 23, 1984
Major racing wins
Toboggan Handicap (1938)
Cowdin Stakes (1954)
Garden State Futurity (1954)
Gallant Fox Handicap (1956)
Lamplighter Handicap (1956)
Vosburgh Stakes (1956, 1974)
Frizette Stakes (1957)
Massachusetts Handicap (1957)
Matron Stakes (1957)
McLennan Handicap (1957)
Gazelle Stakes (1958)
Mother Goose Stakes (1958)
Maskette Stakes (1959)
Knickerbocker Handicap (1965)
New York Handicap (1966)
Sheepshead Bay Stakes (1967)
Test Stakes (1967)
Excelsior Handicap (1969)
Gulfstream Park Handicap (1974)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1974)
Suburban Handicap (1975)
Widener Handicap (1974, 1975)
Woodward Stakes (1974, 1975)
Brooklyn Handicap (1974, 1975)
Carter Handicap (1974, 1975)
Racing awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer (1974)
Honours
United States' Racing Hall of Fame (1978)
Significant horses
Forego, Idun, Summer Tan

Sherrill W. Ward (March 14, 1911 - February 23, 1984) was an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. Born in Miami, Florida, he was the son of trainer John Sherrill Ward. His brother, John T. Ward, also trained horses and ran Fort Springs Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Having learned the business from his father, in 1929 Sherrill Ward embarked on a training career of his own.[1]

Following the outbreak of World War II, Sherrill Ward served with the United States Armed Forces. After the war he resumed a training career that would see him condition Summer Tan to multiple stakes winning seasons for owner, Dorothy Firestone Galbreath. In 1957 and 1958, Ward trained Idun to back-to-back Championships, first as the American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and then as the Three-Year-Old Champion.[2] However, he earned his greatest acclaim as the trainer of Forego whose five Eclipse Awards under Ward's care included two Horse of the Year honors.[3] In 1974, Ward was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.[4]

Health problems led to Sherrill Ward retiring in 1975 and turning over training of Forego to Frank Whiteley. In 1978, Ward was inducted into the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He was living in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home at the time of his death in 1984.

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