Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps came from ancestors who had a deep and lasting effect on the United States. Left with famous lineage and great wealth, Mr. Phipps, like the late Paul Mellon, had a passion for horse racing…and both the Phipps and Mellon fortunes were made in Pittsburgh.
Horses campaigned by Mr. Phipps’ father and grandmother included such esteemed names as Bold Ruler, the sire of Secretariat, Buckpasser, Personal Ensign, Easy Goer, and many others. As the longest-serving chairman of the American Jockey Club, Mr. Phipps advocated for initiatives he believed to be in the best interests of horse racing.
Ogden Mills Phipps was one of the last links to the patrician families that once were commonplace in horse racing. It is fitting that he co-owned a Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, late in his life.
May he rest in peace and long be remembered for his many contributions to the sport he loved. His family will miss him and so will the sport and business of horse racing.