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Campbell, Robert E., aka "Bob" Allen

(born: 1859  -  died: 1919) Robert E. Campbell, aka "Bob" Allen, was a noted horseman born in Kentucky around 1859. He died in Covington, KY, June 23, 1919, according to his death certificate. During his lifetime, Campbell was recognized as the turfman/owner of the two year old horse named Protection, winner of the Junior Champion Stakes at Monmouth Park (Oceanport, NJ) in 1889, ridden by Edgar "Pike" Barnes. It was a $30,000 win for Campbell who had paid $350 for the yearling colt at Swigert's sale. Protection's other races included winning the 1889 Flash Stakes at Saratoga, and runner-up in the Kenwood Stakes at Washington Park in Chicago, IL. Protection was from Prince Charlie, an English stallion, and out of Manola. Campbell had offered to sale the horse to E. J. Baldwin for $550. Baldwin, a California millionaire, declined the offer. Campbell was the trainer of Baldwin's horses, including the horse named Los Angeles, winner of the Senior Champion Stakes at Monmouth Park in 1889. [Robert E. Campbell can also be found in newspapers by the name Bob Campbell.] In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Robert Allen is listed as a horse trainer, the son of Harry and Dilsey Allen, and the family lived in Goodloetown. For more see "Bob Allen's Luck," Weekly Pelican, 08/10/1889, p.3; "The two new champions," New York Times, 08/07/1889, p.2; and "Latonia draws more rain," Daily Racing Form, 06/24/1919, p.1.

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NKAA Source: The Weekly pelican (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Daily racing form (serial)

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