EDITOR'S NOTE: Some of the information above was taken from an article written by Chuck Korbar for the Dunkirk Evening Observer in May 1982.
Vincent Powers was born in Westfield, NY on June 6, 1891 and spent the early years of his life in the village along the Lake Erie shore as well as the nearby community of Panama.
He left home in his early teens to work as a exercise boy at the Fort Erie, Canada horse track. He received early riding instruction from trainer John Nixon.
Powers began the hard way, riding at the half-mile tracks, the "leaky roof" circuit, where the work was hard, the rewards meager, but the experience invaluable.
He was just 15 years old when he rode his first winner in a $500 race for two-year-olds at Churchill Downs on May 31, 1907.