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St. Francis Prep Grad’s Horse Wins Preakness Stakes

Thursday, October 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Graziano
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s the winning horse of the Preakness Stakes crossed the finish line on Oct. 3, a wave of emotion swept through a living room in Westchester County.

Watching with his family, the horse’s sole owner Peter Callahan took in the moment of just how far he’d come from his humble beginnings in Astoria.

Raised in St. Patrick’s parish, Astoria, Callahan attended the parochial school before enrolling at St. Francis Prep, Williamsburg. He starred on the football and baseball teams for the L’il Terriers.

In football, he was a halfback and defensive back for the legendary coach Vince O’Connor in the late 1950s and helped the team capture the 1959 city championship. As a baseball player, he was teammates with the great Joe Torre on a formidable Prep squad.

Callahan went on to continue his baseball career at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights. He then attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Business before embarking on a long career in the magazine publishing and radio broadcasting industry.

In the mid 1980s, he got his first taste into the world of thoroughbred horseracing as a partial owner. Over the past three decades, he’s held an ownership stake in nearly three dozen horses, which have tallied more than 200 in-the-money finishes.


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