Gaffglione's survivors include a son, Steve, who enjoyed a successful riding career, and a brother, Richard, a retired Oaklawn valet. Gaffglione's brother-in-law, Terry Houghton, recently rode his 3,000th winner.
Robert Gaffglione, who rode for 41 years, died Dec. 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A victim of Parkinson's disease, he died of respiratory complications.Gaffglione, who rode at Oaklawn Park in the early 1960s, was aboard Rexson's Hope in the 1984 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Rexson's Hope ran unplaced in the Run for the Roses, won by Swale. In 1971, Gaffglione was leading rider at Calder Race Course.