Herbert T. Schwartz, who bred and raced New York champion Critical Eye, died April 19 of natural causes at his home near Woodmere, N.Y. He was 80.
A real estate developer, Schwartz bought his first horse in 1969.
Schwartz raced Critical Eye with his wife, Carol. Trained by son Scott, Critical Eye won five graded stakes including the 2000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) and the 2001 Hempstead Handicap (gr. I). By Dynaformer, Critical Eye earned two New York championships.
In 2001, Schwartz was voted New York Breeder of the Year and also National Small Breeder of the Year by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Alone and with his wife, Schwartz also bred and/or raced several other stakes winners including graded winners Hey Baba Lulu, Go Rockin’ Robin, and Time Off.
“He was a true horseman who loved the game,” said his son. “He was involved for five decades and achieved a lot for being a small, hands-on operation.”
In addition to Carol and Scott, Schwartz is survived by daughters Karen, Bonnie, and Robin, and many grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private.