About Stephen "Laddie" Sanford
Stephen "Laddie" Sanford was an international polo player as well as director of the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company.
In 1923 he became the first American to win the most prestigious steeplechase race in the world when his horse Sergeant Murphy won the English Grand National.
From Time Magazine Cover story:
An American Wins Where Kings and Peers Have Failed The nine days' talk of London is Stephen ("Laddie") Sanford, American sportsman. Sanford's 13-year-old gelding, Sergeant Murphy (by General Symons, out of Rose Craft, English bred) won the Grand National, the steeplechase classic of the world, over the Aintree Course, near Liverpool...