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.