Carl Hanford

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Hanford carved out three careers in racing. He started out as a jockey, then became a trainer and eventually a race steward. He was trainer of “Kelso”, one of history’s most successful
thoroughbred racehorses. He worked out of Bohemia Stables and began training Kelso, a three-year old, in 1960. Kelso won eight of nine starts and five consecutive Jockey Gold Cup “Horse of the Year”
awards. He ultimately won 39 of 63 career starts. Kelso was considered by Hanford as the “Greatest Thoroughbred Ever.” Kelso was voted among the top five horses of the century. Hanford also trained
LaCorredori, winning the first running of the Galleritte Stakes at Pimlico. After quitting training, Carl became Presiding Stewart at Delaware Park. National Sports Columnist Walter Haight wrote in a
1966 article that Hanford’s training skills made Kelso, a good horse, great. Carl is also a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame.



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