Jerome Taylor, prominent Philadelphia attorney and horse owner, passed away this morning (Oct. 19).
Jerry was the father of Howard Taylor, who followed in his father's footsteps, becoming an attorney and also a prominent horse owner.
As a horse owner, Jerry's pride and joy of his stable was Devil's Adversary, p, 3, 1:54.0M $558,141 by Oil Burner who was a New Jersey Sire Stakes and Grand Circuit champion before being sold as a stallion to New Zealand. He also owned Cam's Catch, p,3, 1:50.2M ($348,000) by Cam Fella. Over the 40 years that Jerry Taylor was involved in the horse industry he owned, raced and bred more than 200 horses. One of his early favorites was named after his son, H A Taylor, a foal of 1972 who took a mark at age 3 of 1:58 and earned $114,000.
There was rarely a night at either Brandywine Raceway or Liberty Bell Park that Jerry and his wife, Judith, were not at the races when they had a horse entered. Jerry was a member of the USTA since 1972.
This reporter was fortunate to have been with Jerry, Judy and Howard Taylor at the Hambletonian in August. Jerry, who had quite a sense of humor, said he was jealous that his son had become a major league horse owner but that he would never be as good a lawyer as he was. But in a private moment he said how proud he was of his son and the accomplishments he had achieved both as an attorney and horse owner.
Funeral services have been set for Monday at 11 am at Goldstein's funeral home 6410 n. Broad Street, Philadelphia.