philip w. tully
Philip Tully was involved with the Standardbred industry for more than half a century. He had experience as a groom, trainer, racetrack program director, announcer, race secretary, breeder, owner and officer/director in many equine-related organizations. He was elected a director of the United States Trotting Association in 1973, serving on various committees including the Executive Committee. He also served as a director of Goshen Historic Track.
Tully was the founder and owner of P. W. Tully's Woodstock Stud in Monticello, New York. During the 1980s Woodstock Stud was one of the largest individual sellers of horses at auction in the United States. Tully also founded and was the president and general manager of the Garden State Standardbred Sales Company, an auction company conducting sales at the Meadowlands. He bought and sold over 100,000 horses during his lifetime.
He owned McKinzie Almahurst, winner of the 1981 $1,760,000 Woodrow Wilson. Other topliners either owned or co-owned by Tully included Rising Light, Imperfection, Charlie Ten Hitch, Kerry's Crown, Cayster, BG's Bunny, Lime Time, Direct Scooter, Cold Comfort and Kawartha Eagle.
Phil Tully was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in 1993. He was also the recipient of numerous other honors and awards for his commitment to harness racing and for his community service. Philip Tully passed away on December 8, 1998 at the age of sixty-five.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1998 book, The 1998 Immortals