Sylvester Veitch

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Sylvester Veitch
Born(1910-02-24)February 24, 1910
United States
DiedFebruary 14, 1996(1996-02-14) (aged 85)
Resting placeGreenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, New York
Career winsNot found
Major racing wins
Fashion Stakes (1946)
Empire City Handicap (1947)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1947, 1951)
Monmouth Oaks (1947)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1947, 1956)
Blue Grass Stakes (1951)
Empire City Gold Cup (1951)
Metropolitan Handicap (1952)
Whitney Handicap (1952)
Great American Stakes (1953)
Travers Stakes (1954)
Washington, D.C. International Stakes (1954)
Kentucky Oaks (1958)
Beldame Stakes (1965)
Black Helen Handicap (1966)
Amory L. Haskell Handicap (1968)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1947, 1951)

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1977)
Significant horses
First Flight, Phalanx, Counterpoint, Fisherman, Mameluke, Career Boy, Vulcan's Forge,
What a Treat

Sylvester E. Veitch (February 24, 1910 – February 14, 1996) was a Hall of Fame thoroughbred horse trainer.[1]

Veitch began his career in racing as a jockey and trainer in Steeplechase racing. In 1939 he moved to flat racing when he began employment as a trainer with Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney in Kentucky. He won two Belmont Stakes while in Whitney's employment: one in 1947 with Phalanx and the second in 1951 with Counterpoint.

In 1958 he left his position with C.V. Whitney and began employment with George D. Widener, Jr. where he trained What a Treat, and many other notable horses. In 1971, after Mr. Widener's death, Sylvester Veitch opened his own public stable. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1977.

Among his accomplishments, Sylvester Veitch held the single-season mark of 24 wins in 24 days set in 1954 at Saratoga Race Course, a record that held until 2003. In the course of his career he had forty-four stakes winners. He trained 5 champions in all: First Flight in 1946, Phalanx in 1947, Counterpoint in 1951, Career Boy in 1956, and What a Treat in 1965.

Mr. Veitch died at the age of 85 at the Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, Long Island, New York in February 1996 after a brief illness. His son, John M. Veitch, is also a successful trainer.


  1. ^ "Sylvester Veitch". 1977-01-01. Retrieved 2019-02-04.