|Belair Mansion, September, 2012|
William Woodward inherited Belair from his uncle, James T. Woodward, in 1910.
Prior to his uncle's death, Woodward became involved in horse breeding when he purchased three mares from the estate of Governor Oden Bowie and a stallion. He later purchased horses from France during World War I. With the help of trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Woodward's Belair Stud was responsible for two Triple Crown winners (father and son pair Gallant Fox and Omaha) as well as other winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and other major horse races.
The following two books were used as sources for this post. Both books are available at the Belair Mansion and the Belair Stable Museum.
- Belair Stud, The Cradle of Maryland Horse Racing, Kimberly Gatto, 2012
- Belair from the Beginning, Shirley V. Baltz, 2005