- 17 Oct
Helen Polinger, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder who raced multiple graded-stakes winner and millionaire The Very One in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died Sept. 12 in Maryland.
Polinger, whose farm in Montgomery County at one time stood several stallions, was a mainstay of the state’s breeding program for many years along with her late husband, Milton. She greatly reduced her operation after her husband’s death but in this decade has maintained a small racing operation in the state.
“She built her farm in the early 1960s and was very with involved with Thoroughbred breeding until the day she died,” said Stanley Herwitz, a close friend of Helen Polinger. “She was very hands-on with her breeding operation, and was a talented artist—she did portraits of her children.”