Son of Trainer David Bernstein Dies at 27

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Bobby Bernstein, son of Southern California trainer David Bernstein, died July 10 at age 27.

"Bobby had severe congestive heart failure – he was born that way – and the Lord finally took him," said Bernstein July 13. "He also had cerebral palsy when he was two. He died at 1:30 Monday afternoon at Tri City Hospital in Vista. He went peacefully."

Bernstein named a colt that he trained and owned, Prince Bobby B., after his son. Prince Bobby B. won six of 29 starts and earned $289,930 from 1985-88. He won the 1986 Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar by 4 ½ lengths in then-course-record time of 1:34 1/5 for one mile on turf.

"Felix Taverna had Bobby on his radio show when he was seven before the Oceanside, and he said if the horse didn't run good, he might fire the trainer," recalled Bernstein.

Bernstein said young Bobby was popular among horsemen.

"Bobby said he wanted to be a jockey," said Bernstein. "Scotty McClellan (jockey agent) had some overnights printed out with Bobby named on several horses and handed him a copy. Bobby read the sheet, looked at Scotty and told him that he wasn't serious."