Services Held for Jockey Agent Bob Meldahl

He was best known for representing Laffit Pincay Jr., Corey Nakatani and Mike Smith.

Funeral services were held Oct. 23 for longtime jockey agent Bob Meldahl, who represented Laffit Pincay Jr. for the final decade of the Hall of Fame rider's career.

Meldahl, 61, died Oct. 19 in his Arcadia home.

During a career of nearly 30 years as a jockey agent, Meldahl was best known for his association with Pincay during the time in which Pincay surpassed Bill Shoemaker as the leader in career victories. Pincay broke Shoemaker's mark with his 8,834th win Dec. 10, 1999 at Hollywood Park.

Meldahl, who broke into the business in 1980, also handled the books of such riders as Ken Jones, Chad Schvaneveldt, Brian Long, Rafael Meza, Frank Olivares, Corey Nakatani, Corey Black, Mike Smith, David Flores, Isaias Enriquez, and Rene Douglas.

Meldahl remained on the track until June 2009, when deteriorating health conditions related to diabetes forced him into a five-month hospital stay.

“He was released from the hospital before Thanksgiving and never really recovered,” said Meldahl’s widow, Janis. “He was in peace when his heart gave out.”

Meldahl had heart bypass surgery in 2004.

The memorial service was held at Santa Anita Church on Colorado Blvd. in Arcadia. Burial at Live Oaks Memorial Park in Monrovia was to follow.

“We would have been married 34 years Saturday,” said his widow.

Meldahl is also survived by a 26-year-old daughter, Nicole; his mother, Betty Formisano; and a brother, Tony Formisano.

Born in Long Beach, Meldahl graduated from Arcadia High School and attended Pasadena City College, where he played baseball.