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  • Ada Rice Collection

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.

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