Ernest Auerbach, who campaigned several California graded stakes winners, died Feb. 1 of pancreatic cancer at his Pacific Palisades, Calif. home. Auerbach, who owned E. A. Ranches near Ramona, Calif., was 93.
Auerbach visited his ranch and attended the races up until the time of his death.
In his name and in his farm name, Auerbach bred and/or raced graded winners Belle’s Flag, Grab the Prize, Lottery Winner, Queen of Wilshire, Star Cross, and Tres Paraiso. Homebred Belle’s Flag was voted 1996 California champion 3-year-old filly after winning the Canvas Specialty California Cup Matron Handicap and the Fleet Treat Stakes. As a 4-year-old, she won the El Encino (gr. II) and La Canada (gr. II) Stakes, and at 5, she captured her second California Cup Matron.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Auerbach began betting the races at Aqueduct at an early age. He started a wholesale produce firm and later got into a real estate and land development in California.
Auerbach is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughters Heidi and Lorna; and two granddaughters.