John Porter Passes Away: Noted English Trainer Dies of Heart Failure at Age of 84, Daily Racing Form, 1922-02-22


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JOHN PORTER PASSES AWAY Noted English Trainer Dies of Heart Failure at Age of 84. LONDON. Kngland. February 21. John Porter, who in his time trained many of the • f.imoii- hoiotii cif the last century, died of heart failure this moi ning. John Poller of Kingsclcre was horn at Rugely, in Staffordshire. March 2. 1X38. His first deflate connection with active racing came when he was a lad of filteeii. Then he was signed to ride for the famous old time trainer John Day for a term of three years. He did not attain fame as a rider, hut rode a few winners. He sooh made up his mind that his true vocation was that of a trainer, and in time In- attained an eminence in that profession unexcelled by none in the history of the turf. In the service of John Day and afterward of William Geater he gained the experience that qualified him for his future success. In 1803 he Berated lus fust engagement. This was as trainer for Sir Joseph Bawley. For Sir Joseph he won the Epsom Derby witli Blue Gown and many races with such as Green Sleeve. Bosicrucian and other horses notable in the colore 0f Kingsclere. one great tirumph being the victory of Fero Gomez in the St. Leger of l*i 9 Soon afterward lie boeasoe a public trainer in which capacity he served many of the leading owners of England and with such stars as Pageant, Isonomy, Fernandez, Prestonpans, the Oaks winner Geheiui-niss, the Derby winners Shotover and St. Blaise, and greatest of all. the magnificent and unbeaten Ormonde won high fame loiter on he trained Sainfoin and won the Derby with him. Then followed Common with which he won the Triple Crown, The Tw. Thousand Guineas. Derby and St. Leger for Sir Frederick Johnston and he was succeeded by such marvels as Orme, La Fleche, Throstle, Matchbox and Flying Fox. John Porter had nothing to ask from Dame Fortune in the way of wonderful race horses to train. He was a man of stern uprightness and enjoyed the nal respect and friendship of the high placed turfmen of his time, from King Edward down.

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