John Oxley Accepts 2019 Dinny Phipps Award

Thoroughbred owner John C. Oxley received the award, which honors an individual or individuals who have demonstrated dedication to equine health, on June 6.

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John Oxley, left, accepts the Dinny Phipps Award from Dell Hancock, center, and Earle Mack. | Photo: Courtesy Rebecca Reed

John Oxley, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation supporter, accepted the Dinny Phipps Award at a celebration of The Jockey Club’s 125th anniversary, help June 6 in New York City.

 Earle Mack, an active participant in Thoroughbred racing and breeding for more than five decades, created the award in 2017 in Phipps’ memory to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated dedication to equine health. Previous winners of the Dinny Phipps Award are the Phipps family and Frank Stronach. Mack presented Oxley with a bronze sculpture created by Odon Wagner Gallery and artist Gary Weisman.

Over the years Oxley—who’s long served on the Grayson-Jockey Club board of directors—has pledged percentages of his horses’ racing earnings to support equine research. He created the Oxley Challenge in 2004, by which the Oxley foundation pledged to donate $1 million to Grayson over four years contingent on the research foundation raising an equal amount of funds

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