- Written by Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
Henry A. “Harry” Parr III (right) was elected president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations two years after the creation of the organization by racing leaders in 1942. While not as high profile as Matt Winn, Carleton Burke or Alfred Vanderbilt, also members of the TRA, Parr was from a family immersed in Maryland racing for decades. He took over as president of the Maryland Jockey Club in 1942 when his good friend, former MJC president Vanderbilt, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Parr had also been elected a member of The Jockey Club.