Ada Rice Collection

Title

Ada Rice Collection

Subject

Rice, Ada L., 1898-1977
Horses
Horse racing
Jockeys
Racetracks (Horse racing)
Race horses
Awards
Rice, Daniel F., 1896-1975

Description

Ada Rice was the wife of Dan Rice, a Chicago-native businessman who successfully bred and raced thoroughbred horses from the 1940s to the 1970s. In 1929, the couple purchased a several hundred acre farm in Wheaton, christened “Danada,” and thirteen years later established the Ada L. Rice Racing Stable. Ada and Dan Rice purchased an additional farm for horse breeding in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1947. Ada Rice’s thoroughbreds won at nearly every famous racetrack in the country, including in 1965, when Lucky Debonair won the Santa Anita Derby and then the 91st Kentucky Derby. Dan and Ada Rice were also major philanthropists for Chicago area museums and institutions, including the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago History Museum, and Benedictine University.

Images in this collection include photographs relating to Ada Rice, her thoroughbred horses, various horse races, and awards.

Collection Items

Mr. Paradise
Mr. Paradise looks at the camera for a photo wearing a coat, scarf, and hat at Churchill Downs.

Horse and Rider
An unidentified man rides a horse at a horse show.

Ada Rice and Cerise Reine
Ada Rice stands next to Cerise Reine and an unidentified rider.

Model Cadet
Model Cadet looks at the camera for a portrait.

Ada Rice and Some Cleo
Ada Rice and an unidentified man stand next to Some Cleo at a horse farm.

Ada Rice and Horse
Ada Rice smiles at her horse while holding its reins.

Angel Cordero, Jr. Riding Plucky Pan
A race day photo collage shows Plucky Pan and jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. with two unidentified men under an image of the pair winning the Kastorian at Aqueduct, NY. Written on upper middle portion of photograph: "The Kastorian, Aqueduct, N.Y., Purse…

Lucky Debonair Victory Racing Plate
A trophy case holds the victory racing plaque won by Lucky Debonair at the 1965 Kentucky Derby.

Ladies' Sportsmanship Annual Award Plaque
Ada Rice received the Ladies Sportsmanship Award plaque on November 9, 1957, from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

David Erb Riding Flight History
A race day photo collage shows Flight History and jockey David Erb winning the Billings Handicap above an image of Erb with a group of unidentified men at the award presentation. Bottom image of Erb on Flight History with group of men on the…

William Shoemaker Riding Flight History
A race day photo collage shows Flight History and jockey William Shoemaker winning the Clang Handicap at Washington Park above an image of Flight History and Shoemaker in front of the spectator stands. Written in middle of photograph: "The Clang…

Joe Culmone Riding Rare Rice
A race day photo collage contains two images of Joe Culmone and Rare Rice winning the Chesapeake States at Laurel Race Course above two posed images. The image on the lower left contains four people including Joe Culmone (right center). The image on…

Jack Leonard Riding Talent Show
A race day photo collage conains three images of Jack Leonard riding Talent Show at the Boardwalk Handicap above two posed images. The image on lower left includes an unidentified man and Jack Leonard with three nurses. The image on lower right…

Samuel Boulmetis, Sr. Riding Try Cash
A race day photo collage contains three images of Samuel Boulmetis, Sr. riding Try Cash at the Quaker City Handicap above two images from the winners circle. The image on lower left includes Samuel Boulmetis, Sr. (center), and Ada Rice (far right)…

J. Sellers Riding Pia Star
A race day photo collage contains three images of J. Sellers riding Pia Star at the Widener above two images from the winners circle. The image on lower left includres Daniel Rice (second from left), Ada Rice (center), and J. Sellers (second from…

Laffit Pincay, Jr. Riding Advocator
A race day photo collage contains several images of Laffit Pincay, Jr. riding Advocator at the Toboggan Handicap. The top image shows Incay riding Advocator above two images from the winners circle. Image on lower left includes group of men next to…

Vincent Bracciale, Jr. Riding Proud Delta
A race day photo collage contains several images of jockey Vincent Bracciale, Jr. riding Proud Delta at the Suffolk County Handicap. The upper left image shows Proud Delta, ridden by Vincent Bracciale, Jr., winning the Suffolk County Handicap. The…

Jack Leonard Riding Air Pilot
A race day photo collage contains several images of jockey Jack Leonard riding Air Pilot to victory at the Buckeye Handicap. The top image shows the horses leaving the starting gate at the Buckeye Handicap. The middle left image features a group of…

Jack Leonard Riding Air Pilot
A race day photo collage contains several images of jockey Jack Leonard riding Air Pilot to victory at the Buckeye Handicap. The top image shows the horses leaving the starting gate at the Buckeye Handicap. The middle left image features a group of…
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