W. James Price IV, father of Queen’s Cup Steeplechase co-chair Bill Price and a strong supporter of the Charlotte, N.C.-area race meet since its founding in 1996, died Tuesday in Florida. He was 94.
During a long career in the brokerage industry, he became a partner and managing director of Alex. Brown & Sons, based in Baltimore.
A Baltimore native, he was educated at that city’s St. Paul’s School and enrolled in Virginia Military Institute in 1942. The following year, he enlisted in the Army and served as an infantryman in Europe. In the final months of the war, he was wounded twice behind German lines in the Huertgen Forest in Belgium, once by a land mine and then by enemy gunfire while returning to Allied lines.
He was hospitalized for 16 months while recovering from his injuries and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. He completed his college education at Yale University, class of 1949. Known for his wry humor, he said that he and the late President George H.W. Bush had two things in common: they both went to Yale after the war, and they both detested broccoli.
Immediately after college, he formed his own brokerage firm, Price & Co., which specialized in mutual funds, then beginning to grow in popularity, and over-the-counter stocks. He joined Alex. Brown in 1952 as head of its mutual funds department.
That year, he married the love of his life, Marjorie “Midge” Beard of Philadelphia, and their marriage spanned 62 years to her death in 2014.
Trainer Jack Fisher and jockey Sean McDermott, making up for lost time after a slow start to the 2018 National Steeplechase Association season, recorded two victories at Sunday’s Foxfield Fall meet in Charlottesville, Va.
They struck early, taking the first race, a $15,000 maiden claiming hurdle, with DASH Stable’s Barhanpour. Irv Naylor’s Av a Word was second, and Donna Rogers’ Tambourin finished third.
DASH Stable is the racing operation of Sheila Fisher, the trainer’s wife, and her father, Rufus Williams, who died Sept. 29. Barhanpour was claimed by trainer Ricky Hendriks for owner Rosbrian Farm.
Shut out in the second race, Fisher and McDermott teamed up again with Storm Team in Foxfield Fall’s third race, a $30,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle. Storm Team was close to the early pace, took over past the midpoint of the 2 3/16-mile race over National Fences, and won by 2 1/4 lengths over Zeppelin Ride. Brooklyn Speights finished third.
Storm Team, a four-year-old by the popular stallion Candy Ride, is owned by Sheila Williams, Fisher’s mother-in-law, and Northwoods Stable. He ran the 2 3/16-mile distance in 4:27.80.