Hollie Hughes was born in Amsterdam, NY on October 16, 1888. He had an uncle who owned a farm north of the original Hurricana Racing Stables. From as early as five years old, Hughes could remember he and his grandfather taking walks to that Uncle’s farm, always passing and often stopping at the Sanford family-owned spread along the way to take peaks at all the activities going on there. Hughes fell in love with the place, especially the horses and he remembers his grandfather telling him that he knew somebody on the farm’s staff and when Hughes got a little bit older, he’d get his grandson inside.
Not only did Hughes end up getting inside Hurricana, when he was fifteen years old, he was hired as an apprentice trainer at the Amsterdam racing stable, which had been started by General Stephen Sanford back in the 1870’s, At the time, the General’s doctor had advised him that starting a farm would be a good way to reduce the stress of running the country’s largest rug-making company. By 1914, Hughes had become the Sanford’s personal trainer and he would remain in that position for over the next six decades and help make the Sanford Farm one of the most successful stud and racing stables in the history of thoroughbred racing…
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