04/07/2016 4:00PM

Tributes to Ogden Mills ‘Dinny' Phipps

Barbara D. Livingston
Odgen Mills Phipps (left) laughs with Stuart Janney in the winner's circle after Orb won the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

Shug McGaughey, trainer for Phipps Stable:

“Dinny was a wonderful man. He loved his family and was passionate about his hobbies. I will always remember that when it came to right and wrong, there was never any gray area. He put his name out there many times to try and emphasize that. He was a great leader for our industry, and we may never see his kind again. It’s the end of an era.”

Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs president:

“There is no area of American racing that was not touched – and positively so – by Mr. Phipps and his influence. The appearance of Mr. Phipps in the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle following the 2013 victory by the homebred Orb will always rank among the most wonderful moments in the recent history of the run for the roses and American racing.”

Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association:

“With the passing of Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps, Thoroughbred racing has lost not only a tremendously successful breeder and owner but a deeply committed leader, sportsman, steward, and advocate for the sport he loved.”

Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders’ Cup:

“His accomplishments as a breeder and owner are unmatched, and we are indebted to Dinny for his numerous contributions to what is right about our game and for speaking out when we fell short. He was extraordinarily gracious and kind and a true sportsman. He will be missed.”

Rick Violette Jr., president New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association:

“This is a sad day for our sport. Mr. Phipps was one of the titans of Thoroughbred racing and breeding, and he and his family have always stood for the highest in integrity. I have had the greatest respect for all that he has done for our industry, even when we didn’t see eye-to-eye on an issue. His legacy will have a lasting effect for generations to come.”

Steve Duncker, member of NYRA board of directors:

“Dinny was a great member of the board and a tremendous businessman. He had an incredible wealth of knowledge about the business of racing and was so passionate about the sport. He always had the best interest of the horse. I had an incredible respect for him for his insight and passion.”

Michael J. Del Giudice, vice chairman of NYRA board of directors:

“I knew and worked with him since the late ‘70s, when I was Hugh Carey’s deputy chief of staff. He always treated me with respect and friendship, as I did him with great admiration. He was a giant of a man, both in life and in the industry.”

Jay Hickey, president of American Horse Council:

“Dinny Phipps was involved in so many initiatives, including legislative efforts, in the racing industry and the horse industry at large for many years. He offered great counsel to the AHC and was always available to lend a hand when asked, not only during his service on the board but thereafter. His advice was always based on what he felt was good for the horse and the overall good of the industry. His counsel will be missed not only by the Thoroughbred racing industry but also other breeds and disciplines. Our condolences to the Phipps family.”

Chris Scherf, executive vice president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations:

“Dinny Phipps gave far more to the racing industry than he ever took from it. The TRA was fortunate to have had him serve on its board of directors for seven years and to have worked in close partnership with The Jockey Club for the many years of his leadership of that organization. His dedication to racing was born indisputably of a love of the sport and the horse. The membership of TRA extends heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Phipps family.”