Monday, August 10, 2009
Brooklyn's ‘Sunny Jim’
One of the greatest horse trainers of all time, "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, was from Brooklyn. He is pictured here in the foreground along with jockey Jim Stout, who sits astride “Johnstown” after winning the 1939 Kentucky Derby. “Johnstown” went on to win the Triple Crown that year. He also sired another Triple Crown winner, “Omaha.” To this day, there have only been 11 Triple Crown winners, and Sunny Jim is the only person to have trained two of them.
Sunny Jim had an auspicious start in the horse business as he was actually born on the land that was to be become Sheepshead Bay Racetrack, one of three tracks in southern Brooklyn. There were also tracks at Gravesend and Brighton Beach.
We ran a story and more photos about this guy in the Eagle recently. The photos were sent on to us by his great grandson, Jimmy Carr.
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Posted by BklynBeforeNow at 6:10 PM