Jack Dreyfus Jr., who owned Hobeau Farm in Florida and whose horses twice defeated Secretariat, died Friday at a New York City medical center. He was 95.
A member of The Jockey Club, Dreyfus served for a time as chairman of the New York Racing Association.
Dreyfus received an Eclipse Award of Merit and was honored by New York Turf Writers’ Association. He also was the recipient of the Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons Award.
“Jack Dreyfus was a major figure in the field of Thoroughbred racing and a prominent owner of Hobeau Farm for more than 40 years,” said NYRA president and Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Hayward. “Jack was the consummate racing enthusiast and he will be long remembered and dearly missed.”
Dreyfus’ runners defeated Secretariat during that colt’s spectacular 1973 Horse of the Year season. Onion upset 1-10 Secretariat in the Whitney Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. That fall, Prove Out beat heavily favored Secretariat in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
In the early 1960s, another of Dreyfus’ horses, Beau Purple, upset the great Kelso in the Man o’ War Stakes on grass and in the Suburban and Widener Handicaps.
It was during 1962 that Dreyfus hired future Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, who saddled Beau Purple to his three big scores over Kelso.
Dreyfus, whose runners were bred and raced in the Hobeau name, also campaigned such other top runners as Blessing Angelica, Duck Dance, Handsome Boy, Harem Lady, Kelly Kip, Miss Shop, Never Bow, Poker Night, Step Nicely, Tunex, and Vertee.
Dreyfus founded Dreyfus Mutual Fund, which developed into one of the largest mutual funds in the United States, and was president of Dreyfus Charitable Foundation.
He is survived by a son.