Tony Bowling

Tony Bowling

Anne M. Eberhardt

Prominent Pinhooking Family Suffers Tragedy

Christie Bowling,a daughter of Tony Bowling, dies in a car accident.

Christie Bowling, whose father, Tony Bowling, and grandfather, Carl Bowling, are prominent yearling-to-juvenile pinhookers, was killed in an early-morning car accident Feb. 27 in the Central Florida community of Fellowship.

Two other people in the automobile were injured in the single-vehicle crash. Christie Bowling, 21, was ejected from the 2005 Nissan 350Z after the driver apparently lost control and died at the scene, according to the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper.

Tony Bowling’s All In Sales has a consignment in the March 2 Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Casino and Race Course in the Miami area. After learning of his daughter’s death, he returned to his home in Central Florida on the plane that he owns with another pinhooker, Terry Oliver. Pinhooker Dean De Renzo pitched in, leaving his own consignment to serve as Oliver’s co-pilot and navigator.

David McKathan, who is a partner with Bowling in a number of horses, hadn’t planned to go to the Fasig-Tipton sale, but he made the trip from Central Florida to oversee the All In Sales consignment for Bowling, who has three other daughters.

“She (Christie Bowling) was a beautiful girl, a wonderful girl,” McKathan said. “It’s very tragic.”

According to McKathan and De Renzo, Bowling was scheduled to return to his sale barn March 1 and was bringing his family to South Florida with him.

“Tony feels it would be nice for the family just to get away a little bit, sit on the beach, and take the time together as a family,” De Renzo said. “Tony also feels it’s important for him to finish what he was doing here.”

A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4 at the Meadowbrook Church in Ocala. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Make a Wish Foundation in the memory of Christie Lin Bowling.