William duPont Jr.

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An authority on the construction of race tracks, DuPont also was prominent in breeding and racing thoroughbreds. He had five starters in the Kentucky Derby. His horse “Parlo” was voted National
three-year old “Filly of the Year” in 1940 and his horse “Berlo” received the same honor in 1960. He designed Delaware Park and his own National Cup Course at Fair Hil, Maryland. He authored the
state’s racing bill and was a co-founder at Delaware Park, continuing as a director until his death. He encouraged the construction of many tennis courts in the State and the city of Wilmington, its
first two all-weather courts at Haynes Park in 1947. DuPont donated to Wilmington much of the old Wilmington CVC golf course now known as Porky Oliver Golf Club. He was a Delaware Lawn Tennis
Association President and in 1957, he received the “Laymon Honor” award of the Delaware Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation for contributing to the growth of tennis in the



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