February 27, 2023 3:00 pm-
321 Main Street | Reisterstown, MD 21136
Stoney: The Story of My Dad’s Life, an African American Groom of Horse Racing
by Alvin Stone
The story of Walker “Stoney” Stone, a highly-respected racehorse groom who plied his trade for over 50 years, is told by his son, Maryland resident Alvin Stone.
Stoney passed on his love and knowledge of the sport to Alvin, who throughout his book explores the daily life of the renowned horseman, and well as those around him – including names that had been forgotten or not mentioned in the history of horse racing. Readers are introduced to Maryland farms and racetracks, a number of which have been developed and are no longer in existence, and the stables of racing nobility, including Harry and Jane Lungers’ Christiana, Marion duPont Scott’s Montpelier and Stuart Janney’s Locust Hill, all where Stoney worked over the decades. Many of Maryland’s legendary trainers, including Henry S. Clark, Guy Bedwell, Frank A. Bonsal, Grover “Bud” Delp and Frank Whiteley, to name a few, are woven through Stoney’s life. The book includes numerous rare photographs and sketches by Raoul Middleman.
“It is a blessing and honor to tell the story of my father’s life as a family man and horse racing groom. I tell his story through my eyes, a proud son,”—Alvin Stone
Alvin Stone will spend an afternoon at the Nancy Lee Frenkil Maryland Horse Library and Education Center in Reisterstown, talking about his book and horse racing and the contributions of black horsemen today. Copies of “Stoney” will be available for purchase and signed by the author.
Author Talk with Alvin Stone. Monday, February 27, 3 p.m., in the George Doetsch, Jr. & Apple Ford Lincoln Library, located at 321 Main Street in Reisterstown.
Attendance is free.