TRF Mourns Passing Of ‘Dinny’ Phipps
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is saddened to hear of the passing of Ogden Mills
“Dinny” Phipps on April 6. The longtime head of The Jockey Club, the leader of one of racing’s more enduring and influential family-owned racing and breeding stables and a staunch supporter of the TRF, Phipps was 75 years old.
Phipps was the recipient of the TRF’s 2012 Earle I. Mack Champion Award for his outstanding efforts and influence on Thoroughbred racehorse welfare, safety and retirement.
“Thoroughbred racing has lost one of its more ardent and innovative members in Ogden Mills Phipps,” said Lenny Hale, the TRF’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “Always a true gentleman, as was his father (Ogden Phipps), I feel privileged to have known and worked with them both. Sincere condolences to the entire family from myself and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.”
While the Phipps family’s influence on American racing dates back to the early 20th century, it was “Dinny” who led The Jockey Club into the world of information technology and prompted the formation of the The Jockey Club Information Systems, equineline.com, Horse Farm Management software, Incompass Solutions, Technology Services and Equibase Company to provide vital services to the Thoroughbred industry.
On-track, he counted the 2013 Kentucky Derby, won by his homebred, Orb, as among his fondest memories.
And always, he looked out for the welfare of the horse.
Phipp became head of the The Jockey Club on February 10, 1983 – the same year the TRF was founded. The following year, The Jockey Club created a research foundation, which would later merge with the original Grayson Foundation to become the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc. It exists solely to fund veterinary research beneficial to promoting the health and soundness of horses.
Under Phipps’ stewardship, The Jockey Club launched, funded or supported wide-ranging industry initiatives such as the Thoroughbred Safety Committee, the Equine Injury Database, the Racing Surfaces & Testing Lab, OwnerView, the Thoroughbred Incentive Program, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and America’s Best Racing, and it has underwritten television programming for racing telecasts on the NBC and FOX networks.
Additionally, it hosts the Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, and the Thoroughbred Owner Conference.
Health problems forced Phipps’ retirement as chairman of The Jockey Club in 2015. Having completed the longest run in that position since The Jockey Club was founded in 1894, Phipps was immediately named Honorary Chairman.
“Dinny stuck by the TRF and the TRF board during difficult times,” said TRF Director of External Affairs Diana Pikulski. “He was a really loyal and good friend.”