Sheldon Robbins, who one of his fellow Arlington International Racecourse owners called the linchpin in bringing together the 1985 “Miracle Million,” died Jan. 9 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 78.
Godolphin broodmare Cara Rafaela, the dam of Darley stallion Bernardini, has been euthanized due to the infirmities of old age according to a Dec. 30 release from Darley. She was 23.
Two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez has died, according to his daughter Shelby Gomez. He was 44. Shelby Gomez declined to give details Dec. 14 on the death of her father.
Walter Swinburn, who rode Shergar to victory in the 1981 Epsom Derby (Eng-I), died Dec. 12, according to reports. He was 55.
Owner Charles "Chuck" Sandford died at his home near Chicago Dec. 2 following a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
Retired equine veterinarian Johnny Kirk Griggs, the owner and trainer of champion steeplechaser Warm Spell, died Oct. 19 in Lexington. He was 84.
Thoroughbred owner and breeder Judy Klosterman died at her home Oct. 13 from complications of Parkinson's disease. She was 78.
Octagonal, Australia's Horse of the Year in 1996, was euthanized at Godolphin Woodlands Oct. 15, according to Darley.
Longtime owner,breeder, attorney, and civic leader John (Jack) DeMeo died Oct. 6 at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was 82.
Grade I winner Materiality has died, according to the bloodstock agent who purchased the Afleet Alex colt and breeder John Gunther.
Hidden Lake, the champion mare of 1997, was euthanized Sept. 29 at the age of 23, according to Old Friends Farm, where she was pensioned since 2009.
Bob Gilpin, who had a hand in raising standouts such as Belong To Me, Classy Mirage, and Jersey Girl, died Sept. 14. A memorial service will be held in Ocala, Fla., Sept. 29.
Tom Metzen Sr., a tireless worker for horsemen in Arizona, Minnesota, and across the country, died Aug. 10. He was 78.
Tom McCarthy, best known for training General Quarters, a former claimer who went on to win the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), died July 21 after a battle with melanoma. He was 82.
Grade I-winning freshman sire stood at Three Chimneys Farm, the longtime home of his sire, Dynaformer.
Steve Neff, who won multiple riding titles at River Downs and Latonia Race Course (now Turfway Park) in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio, area, died the week of June 26, said his friend and former riding colleague Clifton Schwing.
Richard Eamer, who owned divisions of Mandysland Farm in California and Kentucky during the 1980s and 1990s, died May 2, it was announced in the June 5 edition of the Los Angeles Times. He was 88.
Richard (Dick) Fitz Randolph, founder of Randolph Farm near Versailles, Ky., died May 15 at age 77.
Preakness day began on a somber note May 21 at Pimlico Race Course with the death of grade I winner Homeboykris following his victory in the first race.
Fred Bradley, a former Kentucky state senator, attorney for the state's horse racing commission, and the owner/breeder of stars Groupie Doll and Brass Hat, died May 20 at age 85.
Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of James E. "Ted" Bassett, died May 1 at 87. She owned Lanark Farm in Woodford Co., Kentucky, and bred Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration.
Keith L. Stucki, trainer of Racing Hall of Fame member Ancient Title, one of the greatest California-breds of all-time, died at his home in Bradbury, Calif. April 5 at the age of 96.
Robert Naify, who with his wife, Jan Van de Bos Naify, races in the name of Ran Jan Racing, died April 7 at his home in San Francisco. He was 94.
Bill and Susan Casner's Well Dressed, the dam of Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Well Armed, was euthanized April 4 due to complications from foaling. She was 19.
Thoroughbred owner and trainer Hal Woodford Steele Jr., died March 30 in Lexington.
Richard Thalheimer, an expert on gaming and the Thoroughbred industry, died March 25 in Nicholasville, Ky., due to the effects of ALS. He was 72.
Edward "Buddy" Bishop, 80, served as registrar for 19 years.
Lukas was the only son of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
William Mahorney, a former jockey and trainer in Northern California, died March 10 after contracting pneumonia. He was 75.
Norman E. Casse, who helped build the Florida breeding and sales industry and patriarch of a family of horsemen, died March 6 at his farm in Ocala, Fla., after a lengthy illness. He was 79.
Graded stakes-producing mare Michele Royale, owned by Sam and Jo Pollock's Pollock Farms, was euthanized March 3 at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky. because of infirmities of old age.
Larry Byer, owner of Byerpatch Farm near Lebanon, Ohio, died Jan. 19.
Timber Country, the champion 2-year-old male of 1994 and 1995 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner who went on to a successful stallion career in Japan, died Feb. 24 at Lex Stud in Hokkaido at age 24.
Dr. Robert A. Leonard, an equine veterinarian and managing partner in the prominent Glade Valley Farm in Maryland, died Feb. 10 at his residence in Chester, Md., at age 92.
Oratory, a top-10 Oklahoma stallion in 2014 and 2015, has been euthanized following an accident that occured while he was recovering from surgery to address a nerve problem.
Harry Meyerhoff, owner of 1980 Horse of the Year and dual classic winner Spectacular Bid, died Feb. 11 of stroke complications at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. He was 86.
Grade I winner Somali Lemonade died Jan. 23 from complications of foaling, according to breeder Helen Alexander, sister of the 7-year-old mare's owner, Caroline Forgason.
Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, died Jan. 22 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from complications during foaling, according to Claiborne Farm bloodstock manager Bernie Sams.
Gulch, champion sprinter of 1988, was euthanized the morning of Jan. 17 because of complications of cancer at Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky
Stakes winner Flick died Jan. 8 from complications of colic. The 24-year-old gelding resided at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
Longtime California racing official Dick Wheeler died Jan. 3 at his Monrovia, Calif., home. He was 69.
Scat Daddy, a multiple grade I winner and sire of 69 stakes winners, died Dec. 14 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Retired trainer Mary Lou Tuck, who conditioned multiple grade I winner Go West Young Man, died earlier this year as a result of an extended illness.
Three-time Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) runner-up and global fan favorite Red Cadeaux has been euthanized because of complications from the injury he suffered Nov. 3 while making his fifth appearance in the race.
Pat Eddery, one of the most successful jockeys of all time, died Nov. 10 at the age of 63. According to reports from Great Britain, he had been in poor health.
Two-time graded stakes winner Gimme Da Lute was euthanized this week after he sustained a catastrophic leg injury following surgery to repair a fracture in one of his hind legs.
Prominent Virginia Thoroughbred breeder Sam Rogers Jr. died Oct. 27, in Leesburg, Va., at the age of 93.
Ronald DiCicilia (Cilio), who operated Crown's Way Farm in Illinois and Crown's Way South in Ocala, Fla., died Oct. 8 in Itsaca, Ill., at age 78.
The Sept. 28 death of Howard Bender, who along with his late wife, Sondra, was among the leading breeders in Maryland, came as a shock to the couple's long-time trainer, Larry Murray.
Au Moon, the former resident equine at the Kentucky Derby Museum, was euthanized following surgery for a soft tissue injury he suffered in his first race after coming out of retirement.
Most Popular Stories
- First Foal a Filly for Grade 1 Winner Danza
- Untapped Takes First Steps Toward Filling Big Shoes
- First Foal by Fast Anna Born in New York
- End of Fair Grounds Quarantine Appears to be on Horizon
- Remains of Glacial Princess to be Moved to Old Friends
- Keeneland Announces Spring Meet Stakes Schedule
- Japan Gets a NY Filly as His First Foal
- First Foal by American Pharoah Born at Brookdale Farm
- Dortmund Drills for Sherman at Los Al
- The Big Beast Gets a Florida-Bred Colt as First Foal