Monday, August 15, 2011


Carl Hanford, trainer of Kelso, dies at 95


Stanton, Del. , August 15, 2011 — Carl Hanford, trainer of five-time Horse of the Year (1960-64) Kelso, died peacefully with family and friends by his side at his Delaware home early Sunday morning. He was 95.

The native of Fairbury, Nebraska started his career in racing as a jockey and rode the winner of the first race ever run at Suffolk Downs on July 10, 1935. After his riding career, Hanford turned his attention to training. His training career was briefly interrupted by World War II, as Hanford served five years in the Army Remount Corps. But he was best known for conditioning Bohemia Stable’s Kelso. Hanford guided Kelso to 38 of his 39 victories and all 31 of his stakes wins, including five consecutive renewals of the Jockey Club Gold Cup. In 1966, Kelso retired as racing’s all-time leading money earner with a bankroll of $1,977,896.


After his training career, Hanford worked as a steward at numerous tracks, including Atlantic City, Garden State, Ak-Sar-Ben, Keystone(now Parx), Shenandoah Downs and Delaware Park before he retired in 1988. He spent his retirement years helping his daughter Gail Hanford with her stable of horses at Delaware Park. Carl Hanford was predeceased by his wife of 48-years, Millie, in 2005.

Hanford was inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame in 1968; the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 1999; the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 2006; and the Delaware Park Wall of Fame in 2009.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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