Herman Greenberg

One of Graham’s long-time owners Mr. Herman Greenberg passed away on Sunday.  He was a wonderful man who absolutely adored his horses and his racing.  Below is the published report from the Thoroughbred Times.

Colonial Affair’s breeder Greenberg dies  

Hermen Greenberg, who bred 1993 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Colonial Affair and owned five-time stakes winner Researcher, died on Sunday.  

Greenberg’s Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, was the listed breeder of Colonial Affair, who scored his first stakes in the Belmont and later won the 1994 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) and Whitney Handicap (G1).  

Scotty Schulhofer trained Colonial Affair for Centennial Farm, which purchased the Pleasant Colony horse for $100,000 during the 1991 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale from the consignment of Rutledge Farm.  

Greenberg, who was involved in the construction industry in the Washington D.C. area, bought the farm and started a commercial operation in 1986 after previously racing claimers with Maryland trainer King Leatherbury. He won the 1987 State of Maryland Distaff Handicap with Ms. Rutledge.  

Rutledge bred Sur La Tete, a Steeplechase star who won eight stakes races between 2003 and ’06 and was a three-time Eclipse Award finalist.

Greenberg discovered a gem when he bought Researcher from the Virginia Tech Foundation Inc. for $2,200.  


Researcher capped a four-race winning streak in 2008 with a victory in the Queens County Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct. In 2009, he notched a clear win in the inaugural $615,000 Charles Town Classic Stakes and scored by 14 ¼ lengths in the HBPA Governor’s Cup Handicap for trainer Jeff Runco. He has earned $781,529. 

“Mr. Greenberg has some nice horses and purchases horses to support [Virginia Tech],” Ron Stevens, who worked with Researcher as a young horse, told the Aiken Standard last year. “He’s a wonderful man, who has put a lot of money into the industry, and he’s deserving of good luck in this game. It’s great to see one of his horses jump up.”

Rutledge also was the owner and breeder of Colonel Rutledge, who won the 2008 James C. Ellis Juvenile Stakes.{jcomments on}




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