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Anthony “Tony” Brown, a multi-talented horseman and breeder, died May 29 in Geneseo, N.Y.  He was 99.



Anthony “Tony” Brown, a multi-talented horseman and breeder, died May 29 in Geneseo, N.Y.  He was 99.
Throughout his life, Mr. Brown bred, raised, trained, showed, hunted and raced Thoroughbreds and crossbreds in the Genesee Valley. After World War II, he worked for the Kellogg family and the Derby Hunt (N.Y.) under famed trainer Tom Baker. He eventually returned to Geneseo where he assisted the Genesee Valley Hunt MFH and huntsman, William P. Wadsworth, by taking care of guest horses, exercising the legendary Hotspur, winner of the Maryland Hunt Cup, and whipping in for the hunt.

Mr. Brown stood the stallions Royal Trace and Never Prouder. He successfully raced in the Genesee Valley into his 70s, with Baby Peanuts and Newsbreak as two of his best horses in later years. He also foaled the Grade I stakes winner Fio Rito. In 1994, Mr. Brown received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Genesee Valley Breeders Association.

Mr. Brown always seemed to be destined for a long tenure here on earth. Joseph O’Dea, DVM, recalled how Mr. Brown and his boarders would hunt “hell bent” at most meets on “what the Irish would call ‘chancy’ horses.” At the age of 85, Mr. Brown survived a near-fatal accident with a tractor-trailer while on his way to make hay, only to be back in the saddle the next year for the GVH opening meet. Even in his 90s, when the field rode down Main Street on opening day, Mr. Brown was part of the pageantry.


Mr. Brown had a way with all animals, and he maintained a menagerie of peacocks and other fowl on his farm. He and his second wife also raised and raced Jack Russell terriers.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, and son, Thomas Brown. He is survived by his son, David “Iggy” Brown; two grandsons, Tony and Tom Brown; great-granddaughter Haley Brown; and several nieces and nephews. 





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