William Entenmann III, the breeder of 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava, died of cancer Jan. 1 at a Bay Shore, N.Y., hospital. He was 79.
Entenmann, who went by Bill, was a grandson of the Entenmann bakery products founder and a former president of the firm.
Breeding and racing in the name Timber Bay Farm, Entenmann was represented by both flat and steeplechase runners. Sarava, a son of Wild Again, ended War Emblem’s Triple Crown hope when he captured the 134th running of the Belmont.
Timber Bay campaigned grade I winner Artie Schiller , who was one of the leading turf runners of 2005. Artie Schiller captured that year NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Timber Bay’s other top runners included grade I steeplechase winners Bisbalense and Romantic, plus other jumping stars Slew’s Peak and Yaw.
Entenmann’s survivors include his wife, Tina; three children; and brothers Charles and Robert. Entenmann’s son Billy, a former steeplechase rider, is a trainer.