Robert M. Anderson, a successful breeder/owner of Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds in Canada, Europe, and the United States for four decades, died Nov. 7, four days after suffering a heart attack in Florida. He was 64,
Anderson, who went by Bob and owned Anderson Farms in Ontario, Canada, was a director of Woodbine Entertainment Group (formerly the Ontario Jockey Club), chairman of WEG’s Thoroughbred Racing Committee, and chairman of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Foundation.
In addition, he was a past Ontario president of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, national president of the CTHS, board member of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, steward of the Jockey Club of Canada, member of the Ontario Racing Commission Advisory Board, first chairman of the Guelph Centre for Equine Research, member of the E.P. Taylor Equine Research Fund, and member of the board of directors of the Hambletonian Society (for Standardbreds).
“His passion for the sport of horse racing radiated from his soul, and he was such a good friend to so many of us,” said David Willmot, chairman of Woodbine Entertainment Group.
Anderson was the breeder of such stars as Alydeed, Ascot Knight, Bounding Away, Hey Hazel, Park Regent, Pennyhill Park, Prince Avatar, and Triple Wow. Racing for the Wilmott family’s Kinghaven Farms, Alydeed won the 1992 Queen’s Plate Stakes and ran second in that year’s Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the Prince of Wales Stakes.
For many years, Anderson was a leading consignor at Saratoga and Keeneland.
Friends plan an informal memorial to Anderson at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the paddock at Keeneland.