Sentell "Sonny" Taylor

Sentell "Sonny" Taylor

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Old Friends to Honor NYRA's Taylor

Sentell "Sonny" Taylor has been instrumental in placing Old Friends retirees.

Sentell "Sonny" Taylor, a placing judge at New York Racing Association tracks for 50 years, will be honored by Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement with its Frankel Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The award will be presented to Taylor, who has been instrumental in placing many Old Friends retired horses during his career, Aug. 8 at Anne's Washington Inn in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The event from 7-9 p.m. is free, with donations to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement accepted in Taylor's name.

According to Old Friends, among the horses Taylor has assisted in placement were Ogygian, Gulch, Kiri's Clown, Awad, Hidden Lake, Polish Navy, Glitterman, Ruhlmann, Sunshine Forever, Commentator, and Affirmed Success.

"I'm honored to be recognized for my 50th year in racing," Taylor said in an Old Friends release. "I've seen a lot of great races and I've enjoyed all the people I've encountered during my racing career. My only regret is that my wife, who was my biggest supporter, isn't here to see this."

Taylor's wife, Claire Taylor passed away in 2012 after 46 years of marriage.

NYRA CEO and president Christopher Kay called Taylor one of the New York Racing Association's treasures.

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