Statement from Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National HBPA, on the passing of Ogden Mills Phipps:
Today is a day of sorrow expressed by the entire Thoroughbred racing world. Mr. Phipps and his family are icons within the sport, and at this time of grieving we all should reflect on the influence he had on our industry.
The National HBPA and its members truly appreciate what Mr. Phipps has done for this industry. As the great Henry Ford once said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are ‘going’ to do.” Mr. Phipps had, even in times of disagreement, the utmost respect for every participant in racing, and he built a reputation and a legacy which will have a long lasting effect on future generations.
The National HBPA and its members send our sincere condolences to his entire family.