D. Morgan Firestone, who won the 2007 Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine with homebred Mike Fox, died Jan. 13 at his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Firestone, 78, had been in failing health.
Bred by Firestone Farm, Mike Fox won the 148th running of Canada’s most famous race, holding off Canada’s subsequent champion 3-year-old male Alezzandro by a half-length. Mike Fox earned a career total of $808,865.
Firestone’s mother, Dorothy Firestone, played an important part in racing, She campaigned major winner Summer Tan, who was top-weighted on the 1954 Experimental Free Handicap over champion Nashua. She later married John Galbreath, owner of Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
D. Morgan Firestone also campaigned Canadian homebred graded stakes winner Shiny Key and bred and/or raced alone or partnership added-money winners Alexis, Bosskiri, For Pete’s Sake, Jalaajel. Perigee Girl, and Thinking Out Loud.
Firestone was a former chairman of the Canadian division of Firestone Rubber and Tire Co. and of Firan Corp., a plastics and circuit board manufacturer firm.