- Herbert M. Woolf
Herbert M. Woolf (
October 11 1880- September 22 1964) was an American businessman and Thoroughbredracehorse owner.
He was the president of Woolf Brothers, the Kansas City based luxury goods department store founded in 1865 by his father,
Alfred Woolfand his uncle, Samuel Woolf. Woolf was also the owner of Woolford Farm, which produced the only ever Kansas bred Kentucky Derbywinner, Lawrinof 1938 along with several other champion race horses. Woolf is also a cousin of British political theorist and husband of Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf
Samuel and Alfred Woolf came to
Leavenworth, Kansasin 1865, after the Civil War, from their native New York. There, they established a store where fine men's shirts were made and sold. By June 1879, Kansas City had become the region's urban commercial center and the business was accordingly relocated there, where it prospered. Herbert Woolf began working for the business in 1912 and was president three years later. For over thirty years, Woolf Brothers expanded and thrived under Herbert to become one of the largest and most revered luxury goods department stores in the Midwest, with branches in five other major cities. Alfred Lightonassumed control of the business in 1962 and remained there until 1992 when major changes in the retail clothing industry and other economic factors caused Woolf Brothers to permanently close its doors.
Herbert Woolf was a passionate horseman and his greatest accomplishments lay in horse racing which he pursued at his 200 acre
Woolford Farmin eastern Kansas. In addition to being a Thoroughbred horse farm, it was a country retreat where Woolf threw extravagant parties whose guests included Theodore Rooseveltand the infamous Tom Pendergast.
In 1933, Woolf paid $500 for
Insco(1928-1939), a son of the great sire Sir Gallahad III. Insco would sire a number of successful stakes winners including two by the mare, Margaret Lawrence. Their first was the 1938 Kentucky Derbywinner, Lawrin, and the second the 1940 Kentucky Oakswinner, Inscolassie. Lawrin won the 64th running of the Kentucky Derby, beating C. V. Whitney's colt, Dauber. Lawrin's jockey was U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Eddie Arcaro. His trainer was another Hall of Fame inductee, Ben A. Jones. Lawrin is buried next to his sire at the former Woolford Farm, now Prairie Village, Kansas.
* [http://www.kclibrary.org/localhistory/media.cfm?mediaID=34932 Kansas City Library - Herbert Woolf]
* [http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2006/derby_history/derby_charts/years/1938.html Kentucky Derby 1938]
* [http://www.umkc.edu/WHMCKC/COLLECTIONS/IKC0282.HTM Woolf Brothers Company Records]
* [http://www.tbheritage.com/TurfHallmarks/Graves/cem/GraveMattersWoolford.html Woolford Farm at Thoroughbred heritage]
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