edward a. tipton
Born in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky in 1856, "Ed" Tipton became a "walking encyclopedia" as a young man on the subject of breeding trotting horses. His vast knowledge and library made him an authority on the subject. When the Kentucky Trotting Horse Breeders Association was being reorganized in 1887, he became its secretary. Tipton revived the Kentucky Trots at Lexington and made that meeting what it is today by creating the Kentucky Futurity and Transylvania events. In 1895 he resigned as secretary to take a position with Marcus Daly, managing Bitter Root Stud until Daly's death in 1901. It was at this time that Tipton bought into William Fasig's Sales Company which became Fasig-Tipton. In 1911 Tipton sold the sales company to E. J. Trantor to become president of the Kentucky Trotting Horse Breeders Association, where he remained until his retirement in 1926. Throughout his career, Tipton also worked as an advisor to many people such as Leland Stanford, C. K. G. Billings and William Bradley. Ed Tipton died in October, 1930 in Lexington.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1992 book, The Immortals