Theodore "Ted" Siegel, a long-time Florida horseman, died Nov. 10 in Greenwich, Conn. A native of New York, he was 66 and had been living in Bedford, N.Y.
Siegel spent many years in the Thoroughbred industry in Ocala. He served as a farm manager at Farnsworth Farms and also was a trainer for Tartan Farm and at Mare Haven Farm.
“He was an extremely nice fellow and a very good horseman,” Michael O’Farrell of Ocala Stud Farm told Wire to Wire. “He was a quality person and I always thought a lot of him.”
Among the many horses Siegel worked with was grade I Gulch, whom he broke while managing Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm. Gulch won the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) for Brant and was voted champion sprinter for Brant and Carl Icahn.
“He was the kind of person you could look in the eye and know you were getting the truth,” said Michael Hernon, director of sales for Gainesway Farm.
Survivors include his wife, Wendy; sons, Jon Siegel of PM Advertising, and Ted Siegel.
Funeral services will be held Nov. 16 at Round Hill Community Church near Greenwich, Conn. Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Long Ridge Cemetery in Stamford, Conn.