2013 Farewells

Remembering the people and horses that left us in 2013.

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Sam Abbey

Director of Racing at Hialeah
Worked in racing over 43 years

Photo: Benoit Photo

Albertine, 32

Dam of 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arcangues

Photo: Courtesy Three Chimneys Farm

Anthony Alonso

Equine Artist
His work is in permanent collections at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., The Jockey Club, Santa Anita Park, Churchill Downs, Woodbine, Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Fasig-Tipton, and Laurel Park.


Photo: Blood-Horse Library

Pete Anderson

Jockey and Trainer
Mounts included Forego, 1958 Belmont Stakes winner Cavan, Bold Bidder, Sword Dancer, Missile Belle, and Cannonade.
Trained several stakes winners, including Sorry Lookin and Delightful Kiss.

Photo: Jim Raftery

Jessica Bell

Founder, along with her late husband, John A. Bell III, of Jonabell Farm.
Jonabell bred some 50 stakes winners individually and in partnership, including champion Epitome.

Photo: Blood-Horse Library

Wende Stone Bell

Wife of Darley America President Jimmy Bell

Photo: Anne M. Ebarhardt

Kirk Breed

Executive Director of the California Horse Racing Board

Photo: CHRB Photo

Brian's Time, 28

Grade I winner, earned $1,001,269 in 21 starts, including a victory in the 1988 Florida Derby (gr. I).

One of the leading sires in Japan, offspring include 1994 Japanese Triple Crown winner Narita Brian.

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Ross Brinson

Horses trained include Cover Up, Billy Ball, Savali, Prince Don B, and Six Fifteen. Father of Gary Brinson, head gate starter at Betfair Hollywood Park and Del Mar, and trainer Clay Brinson.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Captain Steve, 16

Grade I winner, won 9 of 25 starts earning $6,828,356, including victory in the 2001 Dubai World Cup.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Phillip Capuano

Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association director
Owner and Breeder since 1962
Received the MTHA's award for Outstanding Service to Maryland Horsemen in 1995.

Photo: Courtesy of the MTHA

Sir Henry Cecil

Won the British training title 10 times. Notable horses include Frankel, Twice Over, Beat Hollow, Bosra Sham, Royal Anthem, Chester House, and Dr Fong. Cecil won 4 Epson Derbies, 6 One Thousand Guineas, and 4 St. Legers.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Buzz Chace

Bloodstock Agent
Horses found include Unbridled's Song, Flashy Bull, Dream Rush, Lear's Princess, Irish Smoke, and Macho Again.

Photo: Joseph DiOrio

Jeff Coady

Operated Coady Photography with his brother Jack Coady Jr. He began his racetrack photography career at Turf Paradise, and then went on to shoot races at Oaklawn Park, Keeneland, Colonial Downs, and other racetracks.

Photo: Coady Photography

Colonial Affair, 23

Grade I winner, wins included the 1993 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the 1994 Whitney Handicap (gr. I), the 1994 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), and the 1994 Excelsior Handicap (gr. II). He earned $1,635,228 overall.

Sired 22 stakes winners, including Argentine group I winner Cafrun and Ubiquity, who won the 2001 Clark Handicap (gr. II).

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Jimmy Combest

Rode until the early 1980s. Competed in four Kentucky Derbies, including a second-place finish in 1962.

Photo: Jim Raftery

Dayjur, 26

1990 Horse of the Year in England. He earned $750,770 in 11 starts, including 5 group I wins. He also finished 2nd in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) after twice jumping a shadow.

He sired 3 champions and 30 stakes winners. 

Photo: Blood-Horse Library

Dispute, 23

1993 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner. won or placed in 13 graded stakes, including wins in the Gazelle Handicap (gr. I), the Beldame Stakes (gr. I), and the Spinster Stakes (gr. I). She earned $1,106,907 in 19 starts.

As a broodmare, Dispute produced 14 foals, resulting in seven starters and five winners. Her  progeny earned a total of $286,108.

Photo: Shigeki Kikkawa

Dullahan, 4

All three of his wins came in grade I races, the 2011 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity, the 2012 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, and the 2012 TVG Pacific Classic Stakes. He also finished 3rd in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and earned $1,735,901 overall.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Fasliyev, 16

1999 European Champion 2-year-old colt was undefeated in 5 starts.

He has sired 38 stakes winners, including group I winner Count On Katie and 2005 Austrian Horse of the Year Happy Holiday.

Photo: Courtesy Yushun Stallion Company

Fastness, 23

Grade I winner, who earned $1,581,165. Victories included 2 consecutive runners of the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).

He sired 97 winners, including 2002 Canadian Champion 3-year-old colt Le Cinquieme Essai.

Photo: Blood-Horse Library

David Greathouse

Kentucky Horseman
Owner of Greahouse Bloodstock, and partner in Four Star Sales. He was also involved in the operation of Glencrest Farm, which has bred alone and in partnership at least 44 stakes winners and raced another 16 stakes winner as an owner or co-owner since 1991.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Harlan's Holiday, 14

Grade I winner of $3,632,664. Won or placed in 14 stakes, including wins in the Florida Derby (gr. I), Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), and Donn Handicap.

He has sired 47 stakes winners, including 2012 Champion 2-year-old colt Shanghai Bobby.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

William Harris

Horses bred and owned include
2010 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) winner Sweet Goodbye and multiple stakes winners Five Steps and Deer Run.

Photo: VA Horse Racing

Heavenly Prize, 22

1994 Champion 3-year-old filly. She earned $1,825,940 in 18 starts, including wins in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I), Alabama Stakes (gr. I), Gazelle Handicap (gr. I), Beldame Stakes (gr. I), Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), Hempstead Handicap (gr. I), Go for Wand Stakes (gr. I), and John A. Morris Handicap (gr. I).

She produced 7 winners from 8 starters, including grade I winner Good Reward, and grade II winner Pure Prize.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Hernando, 23

Group I winner, who earned $2,081,978

Sired 60 stakes winners, including 2003 Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT) winner Sulamani, and additional group I winners Holding Court, Look Here, Casual Conquest, Gitano Hernando, and Rainbow Peak.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Home At Last, 26

Grade I winner, who earned $972,914, including a win in the 1990 Super Derby (gr. I) over Unbridled and Cee's Tizzy.

He sired 93 winners, and 6 stakes winners, including multiple stakes winner Home of Stars.

Photo: Courtesy Reineman Stable

In Excess, 26

Grade I winner. Earned $1,736,733, including wins in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), the Suburban Handicap (gr. I), the Whitney Handicap (gr. I), and the Woodward Stakes (gr. I).

Sire of 63 stakes winners, including 16 California Champions, and grade I winners Indian Charlie, Musical Chimes, and Romance Is Diane.

Photo: Courtesy Vessels Stallion Farm

Indygo Shiner, 15

Group III winner, who earned $444,066, including a win in the 2001 Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT).

2009 Leading Sire in Argentina, sired 21 stakes winners, including Champion Tecla Shiner, Grade I winner Miss Match, and group I winner Indy Point.

Photo: Lee P. Thomas

Kazzia, 14

2002 Eurpean Champion 3-year-old filly. Earned $1,094,206. Wins included the Sagitta One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), the Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I), and the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. I).

Produced 3 stakes winners, including group winners Eastern Anthem and Zeitoper.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Tommy Kelly

Hall of Fame Trainer
Top horses trained included Pet Bully, Noble Dancer II, Droll Role, Globemaster, champion sprinter Plugged Nickle, Limit to Reason, Storm and Sunshine, and Topsider. He also bred and owned in partnership grade I winner Evening Attire, who was trained by his son Pat.

Photo: Eliot J. Schechter

Klassy Briefcase, 28

Stakes winner, who set a 5-furlong world record of :54 4/5 at Monmouth Park in 1990. Won 18 of 42 starts, including 8 stakes, and earned $362,959.

Produced 4 winners, including stakes winners Stu's Choice and Mr. Miesque.

Photo: Rick Capone

Elaine Klein

Raced, with her husband and son, many top horses, including grade I winner Outofthebox, and major winners Allamerican Bertie, De Bertie, Hurricane Bertie, Swept Away, Thunder Bertie, and Uptown Bertie.

Photo: Bill Luster

Joel Kligman

Horses bred include stakes winner Jersey Giant.

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Eric Kronfeld

Breeder of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta.

Photo: Judy Sloan Reich

Lando, 23

Group I winner, who earned $3,438,727, including the 1995 Japan Cup (Jpn-I).

Sired 33 stakes winners, including 2002 German Horse of the Year Paolini.

Photo: Courtesy Gestut Hof Ittlingen

Dr. Michelle LeBlanc

Equine Vet, Educator
A well-respected theriogenology educator, researcher, and practitioner with more than 30 years of experience, LeBlanc was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Equine Veterinary Association in 2011 and was named 2000 Theriogenologist of the Year by the American College of Theriogenologists.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Live Lively, 3

Grade II winner, who earned $280,300 in 5 starts, including victory in the 2013 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II).

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Photo: Adam Coglianese

Dr. William Lockridge

Veterinarian/Farm Manager
Lockridge was associated with the matings and breeding decisions that produced several prominent horses, including leading sire Storm Bird. He provided advice and guidance early in the development of W.T. Young's breeding and racing venture that became Overbrook Farm.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Lotka, 30

Grade I winner, who earned $721,804, including wins in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), and the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. III).

Offspring include stakes winner Moonee Ponds, and grade III winners Lotta Dancing and Mambo Twist.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Marquetry, 26

Grade I winner, who earned $2,857,886. Victories included the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. I), and the Meadowlands Cup Handicap (gr. I).

Sired 35 stakes winners, including Sprint Champions Artax and Squirtle Squirt.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Marshesseaux, 30

Stakes-placed earner of $201,710

Dam of 8 winners, including grade I winner Left Bank, who earned $1,402,806.

Photo: Susan Sommer-Luarca

McCann's Mojave, 13

Grade II winner, who earned $1,513,565. Wins included the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), and the 2007 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes at 33-1.

Sired 21 winners and 1 stakes winner

Photo: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Mateo Matos

Considered to be one of the best Puerto Rican riders of all time, won 1,374 races, including 54 stakes. He was the regular rider of Puerto Rican Triple Crown winner Camarero.

Photo: Joe Bruno Historical Archive

Mecke, 21

Grade I winner, earned $2,470,550 in 40 starts, including victories in the Early Times Turf Classic (gr. IT), Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT), and the Isle of Capri Super Derby (gr. I).

Sired 14 stakes winners, including graded stakes winners Mountain Range and Magic Mecke.

Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Miner's Mark, 23

Grade I winner earned $967,170 in 18 starts. Wins included the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), and the Colin Stakes (gr. III).

Miner's Mark, who was the first offspring of Champion Personal Ensign, sired 10 stakes winners, including grade II winner Call Me Up and grade III winner Undermine.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

George Munsell Jr.

Recorded 2,822 wins while riding from 1955-1999.

Photo: Leo Frutkoff

Allen Murray

Maryland Farm Owner
Operated Murmur and Berkley Farms with his wife Audrey
Among the top horses bred by Murray were multiple stakes winners Regal Solo, Big Ego, Celtic Innis, and Saudi Brass.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Nehro, 5

Grade I stakes-placed earner of $978,381. Finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Arkansas Derby (gr. I), Louisiana Derby (gr. II), and Pimlico Special (gr. III).

Photo: Rick Samuels

Father Frank Niehaus

Ohio Paster, Breeder/Owner
Created a parish on the backstretch at River Downs and Turfway Park, celebrating Mass every Sunday that there was live racing at one of the tracks. Bred and raced horses after his retirement.

Photo: John Engelhardt

Nipissing, 3

Stakes winner, earned $638,883 in 9 starts. Wins included the Woodbine Oaks, the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, and the South Ocean Stakes.

Photo: Michael Burns

Kenneth "Kenny" Noe Jr.

Former President, CEO, and chairman of the New York Racing Association
He also served as racing secretary at Hialeah Park, Garden State Park, Arlington Park, and Washington Park, and spent 11 years as the president and general manager of Calder Race Course.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Points Offthebench, 4

Grade I winner, earned $514,940 in 8 starts, including wins in the Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) and the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. I).

Photo: Benoit Photo

Pyramid Peak, 21

Grade III winner earned $871,559. Wins included the Flamingo Stakes (gr. III) and the Baltimore Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIII) (twice).

Sired 89 winners and 4 stakes winners.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Kjell Qvale

Runners included grade I winner Variety Road. Bred horses in California for more than 40 years, racing stakes winners Variety Baby, Silveyville, Halo Folks, and others. Stallions stood included Silky Sullivan.

Photo: Qvale Collection

Red Bishop, 25

Grade/Group I winner, earned $958,907. Wins included the Hong Kong International Vase (HK-I), the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I), and the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT).

Sired 6 group I winners, including several Turkish Derby winners.

Photo: Jockey Club of Turkey

Rockamundo, 23

Grade II winner, earned $383,625 in 17 starts. Most known for his 1993 win in the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at 108-1.

Photo: Blood-Horse Library

Rockport Harbor, 11

Grade II winner, who earned $324,800. He was 4-for-4 at 2, including wins in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III) and Remsen Stakes (gr. II). Also won the Essex Handicap (gr. III) at 4.

Sired 21 stakes winners, including Ria Antonia, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Photo: Jeff Coady / Coady Photography

Saginaw, 7

Stakes winner, earned $974,690

Photo: Rick Samuels

Robin Scully

Breeder and Owner
Owned Clovelly Farms
Bred 125 winners, including nine grade/group I winners. Notables runners bred include Pleasantly Perfect, Alkaased, Ancient Regime, Crack Regiment, Pay the Butler, and Elusive Kate.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Selkirk, 25

Group I winner. Earned $843,661, including wins in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I), the Beefeater Gin Celebration Mile Stakes (Eng-II), and the Challenge Stakes (Eng-II).

Sired 93 stakes winners, including 17 grade/group I winners. Among the latter are Flower Bowl winner Nahrain and Cityscape, who won the Dubai Duty Free Sponsored by Dubai Duty Free (UAE-IT).

Photo: Lanwades Stud

Ralph Scurfield

Chairman of the California Horse Racing Board
Elected chairman of the CHRB for 7 consecutive years beginning in 1992.

Photo: CHRB Photo

Sewickley, 28

Grade I winner. Earned $1,017,517 in 32 starts, including 2 wins in the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I).

He sired 57 winners and 4 stakes winners.

Photo: Courtesy Winter Haven Farm

Shotiche, 27

Grade III winner, earned $208,818. Won the Rolling Green Handicap (gr. III) and the Jim Murray Handicap.

Shotiche, who was the last reported son of Northern Dancer standing at stud, sired 73 winners, including Grade II winner Associate.

Photo: Boehlke Ranch

Silic, 18

Grade I winner. Earned $1,422,299, including wins in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (twice).

Sired 76 winners, including stakes winner P D Q Kiddo, and Gladiatorus winner of the 2009 Dubai Duty Free Sponsored by Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I).


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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Silver Train, 11

Grade I winner earned $1,259,345. Wins included TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II), and Jerome Handicap (gr. II).

Sired 14 stakes winners

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Photo: Coglianese Photos

Slew City Slew, 29

Grade I winner, earned $1,166,296 in 42 starts, including wins in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) and the Oaklawn Handicap.

Sired 55 stakes winners, including grade I winners Sis City and Lava Man. Lava Man earned $5,268,706 in 47 starts, and was twice named California Horse of the Year.

Photo: Airdrie Stud

Crompton “Tommy” Smith

Steeplechase Jockey and Trainer
Rider of National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame member Jay Trump, who
became the first American-bred horse, owned and ridden by Americans, to win England’s Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree in 1965.

Photo: Maryland Jockey Club Photo

Herb Stevens

Trained 45 stakes winners, including 1979 champion 2-year-old male Rockhill Native.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Storm Cat, 30

Grade I winner of $570,610, including victory in the Young America Stakes (gr. I), and second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Perennial leading sire. Sired 181 stakes winners, including 8 champions, and 110 graded stakes winners. He topped the general sire list twice, the juvenile sire list a record seven times, and was leading broodmare sire in 2012.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Strait of Dover, 4

2012 Canadian Champion 3-year-old colt. He was 3-for-3 in 2012, including wins in the Marine Stakes, and the Queen's Plate Stakes.

Photo: Michael Burns

Summer Bird, 7

2009 Champion 3-year-old colt won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the Travers Stakes (gr. I), and the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), and finished 2nd (to Rachel Alexandra) in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I). Overall, he earned $2,323,040.

His oldest offspring are yearlings of 2013.

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Photo: Dave Harmon

Ten Most Wanted, 13

Grade I winner, earned $1,718,460 in 13 starts. Wins included the Travers Stakes (gr. I), the Super Derby (gr. II), the Illinois Derby (gr. II), and the National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III).

Sired 73 winners, including multiple stakes winners Lady On the Run and Tenth Power.

Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Turallure, 6

Grade I winner earned $1,378,997, including wins in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (gr. IT), and the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT). He also finished 2nd in the 2011 TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) and the 2012 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. I).

Photo: Michael Burns

Twilight Ridge, 30

1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner. Overall, she earned $743,083 in 15 starts.

Produced 9 winners from 9 to run, including stakes winner Daylight Ridge and grade II winner La Rosa.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Unaccounted For, 22

Grade I winner earned $998,468, including wins in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) and the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).

2-time Leading Sire in Turkey. Sired 35 stakes winners, including 8 grade/group I winners.

Photo: Jockey Club Of Turkey

Unbridled's Song, 20

Grade I winner. Earned $1,311,800, including wins in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), Florida Derby (gr. I), Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II), and the Olympic Handicap.

Sired 103 stakes winners, including champions Midshipman and Embur's Song, and 18 grade I winners.


Harvey Vanier

Had 1,988 winners and career earnings of $40,013,967. Won 7 training titles at Arlington Park. The top horse trained by Vanier was grade I winner Play Fellow, whose wins included the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), the Arlington Classic (gr. I), the American Derby (gr. I), and the Travers (gr. I). Other notable runners trained by Vanier include Western Playboy, Fortunate Moment, and Safe Play.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Variety Road, 30

Grade I winner. Earned $964,540, including wins in the San Felipe Handicap (gr. I) and the San Fernando Stakes (gr. I).

Sired 8 stakes winners.

Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Tony Vega

Won 714 races, including the Martha Washington Handicap aboard Timely Business.


Henry D. White

Kentucky Farm Manager
Breeding advisor for Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stable, managed Elsmeade and Plum Lane Farm.

Photo: Blood-Horse Library

Adalin Wichman

Equine Artist
Designed Eclipse Award Statue

Othniel Henry Wienges Jr.

Operated Singleton Plantation. Honored 13 times with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's breeder of the year award for South Carolina and the award is now named in his honor. Alone or in partnership, the Wienges family has bred more than 20 stakes winners and campaigned more than 15 stakes winners, icnluding Double Stake, Double Theory, Flying Double, Outcutem, and Running Kiss.

Photo: File Photo

Jesse Norman "Sonny" Wigginton

Notable horses included Gold Spring, Jake the Flake, Flying Continental, and Bidis.

Photo: Coady Photography/jeff Coady