From Outlaw to Horseman

Dick Liddil found a new calling at the race track.

Dick Liddil joined the James Gang in 1879, near the end of its run. He eventually was arrested, tried and convicted for his crimes. But he was pardoned after turning state’s evidence. By the early 1890s, he found his true calling: horse racing. Liddil owned a stable of fine horses and was considered one of the top trainers in the Midwest, based out of Cincinnati.

Ironically, he suffered a fatal heart attack while watching one of his thoroughbreds race in 1901.

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