Sackatoga's Gus Williams Dies

Augustine "Gus" Williams, a member of the Sackatoga Stables partnership that won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) with Funny Cide in 2003, died April 12 at Albany Medical Center Hospital at the age of 81. Williams was one of the most exuberant members of the fun-loving Sackatoga clan, arriving at the Triple Crown events that year dressed in his trademark Derby hat, plaid jacket and canary yellow pants.

Born in Watertown, NY, on August 24, 1925, he was a resident of Delmar, NY. After serving with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, Williams started a construction company with his brother Frank, which became Williams Brothers Builders, Inc.

Williams first owned horses in the 1960s and again in the 1990s with Sackatoga. According to reports, he owned 20% of the New York-bred gelding Funny Cide, who finished third in the 2003 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and is still in training.

His wife, Ann Catherine (Ryan) Williams, is deceased. He is survived by his three children, three grandchildren, a sister and many nieces and nephews. Visitation is April 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. Services are April 16 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send a remembrance in his name to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 3387, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

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