Ten Broeck, Richard
- John Dizikes
Ten Broeck, Richard ( May 1812–01 August 1892), horseman, was born in Albany, New York, the son of Richard Ten Broeck. His mother’s name is not known. Following his family’s tradition of military service, Ten Broeck entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1830, but his stay was short, and, for unexplained reasons, he left West Point in February 1831. Little is known about him during the 1830s except that he settled on a racing career as an owner, promoter, and gambler. To this end Ten Broeck gained wide experience in American horse racing in the Mississippi Valley and Middle Atlantic states. In so doing he became a partner of Colonel William R. Johnson, the greatest racing man of the early nineteenth century and a masterful match maker and gambler. In the 1840s Ten Broeck was associated with race tracks in Mobile, Alabama, and in New Orleans. For a number of years he made the track in Metairie, Louisiana, the best managed race course in the country....