New York Horseman David C. Rich Dies

Rich was an early founder of the popular Saratoga Trials

David C. Rich, who found The Rich Farm near Stillwater, N.Y., died July 21 at Saratoga Hospital after a bout with cancer. Born in Worcester, Mass., he was 71.

Rich bought, built, and operated The Rich Farm. The 200-acre farm featured a five-eighth mile track, plus a foaling center with closed circuit cameras. The farm stood such stallions as stakes winners Bounding Basque and Jacques Who.

As a teenager, Rich worked at a farm. He later became an assistant trainer and then an assistant starter for the New York Racing Association.

Rich was a founder of the Saratoga Trials at the Oklahoma Training Track in the 1980s. The Trials were a series of non-betting, training races viewed in a relaxed setting.

Rich is survived by sons David, Jim, John, and Steven; a daughter, Jessica; and 13 grandchildren.