Rick Porter, champion horse owner and car dearler, dies

Rick Porter II, center, poses with Omaha Beach. | DBT PHOTO COURTESY OF FOX HILL FARMS.

WILMINGTON — Rick Porter II, a champion horse owner whose name dominated car dealerships in Newark’s downtown district, died on June 8 after a long fight against cancer.

A scion of an Delaware automotive dealership family business that founded almost a century ago, Porter was widely-known in the thoroughbred horse circuit for campaigning 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, four U.S champions, one Canadian champion and at least one Kentucky Derby runner-up.

“He will be remembered by the people he helped, from his friends to random people he just happened to cross paths with, and showing the world you can run an ethical racing business and reach the highest plateaus of success,” said Victoria Keith, Porter’s business associate at  Fox Hill Farm.

Porter was born in Wilmington, and attended Ursuline Academy and went on to graduate from The…

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