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Fitzsimmons, Sunny Jimlocked

(23 July 1874–11 March 1966)
  • Bruce L. Janoff


Fitzsimmons, Sunny Jim (23 July 1874–11 March 1966), thoroughbred horse trainer, was born James Edward Fitzsimmons in Brooklyn, New York, the son of George Fitzsimmons, a farmer and vegetable huckster, and Catherine Murphy. In 1879, the exact site of Fitzsimmons’s birth in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn became the new Sheepshead Bay Racetrack. Significantly, Fitzsimmons’s earliest childhood experiences were filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of horses and racetracks, an environment in which he lived and worked for the rest of his life....

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