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White, Benjamin Franklinlocked

(03 February 1873–20 May 1958)
  • John Lucas

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White, Benjamin Franklin (03 February 1873–20 May 1958), harness horse racing driver, trainer, and owner, was born in Whitevale, Ontario, Canada, the son of a gristmill owner. Though expected to take over his father’s business, White never finished high school. In 1888 he traveled to Markham, Ontario, where he drove his first race behind a mare belonging to his sister. In 1893 White took a job in East Aurora, New York, at C. J. Hamlin’s famed Village Farm stable, a leading breeder of harness horses. Tutored by the noted trainer Edward “Pop” Geers, White served successively as a groom, rider, assistant trainer, and, finally, upon Geers’s departure in 1903, head trainer. In 1906, in the final heat of the Futurity at Columbus, Ohio, White finished with The Abbe in 2 minutes, 10½ seconds, the first time a three-year-old stallion had beaten 2:11. White rode winners every single season for the next 37 years....

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