A German native born in 1923, Selz came to the U.S. at age 13 and grew up in Little Rock. His business interests were in real estate development.In addition to his wife of 58 years, Selz's survivors include son Joe and daughter Nan.
Arkansas owner Fred Selz, who raced horses for more than 40 years, died July 12 in a Little Rock, Ark., hospital following kidney problems.Selz raced horses alone and with his wife, Mimi, along with other partners. The best of their six stakes winners was Sissy's Time. Campaigned by Mimi Selz in partnership, Sissy's Time won a half-dozen stakes, including the 1979 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. II) and the Magnolia Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and earned $304,605,Bubba Menkus, a homebred for Mimi Selz and partner, also was a $300,00-plus earner. A four-time stakes winner, Bubba Menkus captured 17 races and earned $375,654.