William T. Young
William T. Young
|Born||February 15, 1918|
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
|Died||January 12, 2004 (aged 85)|
Gulf Stream, Florida, United States
|Education||University of Kentucky|
|Board member of||W. T. Young Foods, Inc., Royal Crown Cola, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kentucky-American Water Company, First Security National Bank and Trust Co. of Lexington, Transylvania University, Shakertown historic village, Breeders' Cup Limited|
|Spouse(s)||Lucy Hilton Maddox|
|Children||1) William Jr., 2) Lucy|
|Awards||Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder (1994)|
TOBA Breeder of the Year (1999)
William T. Young attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Young graduated with high distinction in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. After a short employment with Bailey Meter in Cleveland, Ohio, he served as a captain in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945.
Service In World War II
After the War he was living in Philadelphia but in 1946 returned to his native Lexington where he founded W. T. Young Foods, Inc. that made "Big Top" brand peanut butter. He developed the business into one of the leading producers of peanut butter in the United States. After he sold the company to Procter & Gamble in 1955, it was renamed Jif peanut butter. William Young continued to manage the peanut butter manufacturing operation for Procter & Gamble until 1957, at which time he founded W. T. Young Storage, Inc.
William Young joined the board of directors of Royal Crown Cola and served as its chairman from 1966 to 1984. He was also a director the Kentucky-American Water Company, and the First Security National Bank and Trust Company of Lexington. At one time, William Young was the single largest shareholder of Humana health insurance company. Through the 1960s and early 1970s, he served on the board of directors of Kentucky Fried Chicken with CEO John Y. Brown Jr. When Brown was elected governor of Kentucky in December 1979, he chose Young as chairman of the executive cabinet. Young also served as chairman of the Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, a private organization aimed at boosting economic development in the state.
In 1972 William Young established Overbrook Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. In 1983 he bred Storm Cat, the most important horse of his career. Storm Cat went on to become one of the world's highest priced sires and almost entirely responsible for William Young being voted the 1994 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder.
Teamed with trainer D. Wayne Lukas, in 1994 Overbrook won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Flanders and was a partner in Timber Country who won that year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Overbrook also bred Tabasco Cat on a foal share partnership agreement with Reynolds Metals Chairman, David P. Reynolds. Tabasco Cat won the 1994 Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Overbrook won the 1996 Kentucky Derby with the home-bred colt Grindstone and captured his second Breeders' Cup Juvenile that fall with Boston Harbor. In 1999 he won the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic with Cat Thief.
Active in the horse racing industry, William Young served as a director of the Breeders' Cup Limited. His daughter Lucy married renowned French horse trainer François Boutin and remains active in the industry.
On June 9, 2009, William Young Jr., who assumed control of the Overbrook operation upon the death of his father, announced that his family would be selling the majority of their bloodstock. During the next few months Overbrook sold off its resident stallions then in September sold 48 yearlings for $6,644,000 and in November sold 148 horses for $31,760,000  including Honest Pursuit, a daughter of Storm Cat who sold for $3.1 million to Wertheimer et Frère.
Young was a community leader in such organizations as the YMCA, Junior Achievement, Spindletop Research, the Red Cross, and the Cancer Drive. He was a University of Kentucky trustee and donated $5 million of his own money while helping raise additional funds to build a new library at the University of Kentucky that would be named the William T. Young Library in his honor. He further created a book endowment and campaigned for donations to fund it. At the time of his death the endowment was the largest of its kind in the United States. William Young was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 1992. Appointed to the board of trustees of Transylvania University in 1967, he served as its chairman for twenty-three years from 1977 to 2000 and was a most important figure in the university's expansion and betterment. 
In 1985, William Young joined the board of historic Shakertown near Lexington and was appointed its chairman in 1990. In that role, he was instrumental in raising funds for important renovations needed to increase visitor revenues and as well he set up a program to insure the village's financial stability.
Overall, William Young donated more than $60 million to various causes. 
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- Richard Sowers (2014-02-07). The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes: A Comprehensive History. Google Books. McFarland. p. 289. ISBN 9780786476985.
- New York Times - January 14, 2004
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- Christine, Bill (January 14, 2004). "William T. Young, 85; Horses Won Derby, 4 Breeders' Cup Races". Los Angeles Times.
- "Boutin, French Trainer of Miesque and Arazi, Dies of Cancer". 1995-02-02.
- Bloodhorse.com – June 9, 2009
- Bloodhorse.com – November 23, 2009
- Sport News – November 12, 2009
- Resolution by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Archived 2017-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Transylvania University
- Parrish, Thomas D. Restoring Shakertown: the struggle to save the historic Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, (2005) University Press of Kentucky ISBN 978-0-8131-2364-6
- "William T. Young's Wife, Lucy, Dies". The Blood-Horse. January 14, 2002.
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