Arlington Park outrider Conrad Rountree, 64, of Hamilton, Texas died early this morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. after suffering a an apparent heart attack in the stable area at the track Friday afternoon prior to the first race. Rountree, who began working at Arlington Park this year, was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated in the emergency room before being admitted on Friday.Rountree previously worked as an outrider at Retama Park and Sam Houston Race Park in Texas. He trained racehorses for approximately 13 years, holding a trainer's license in California, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. He was also licensed as a farrier in both Oklahoma and Texas for the past 14 years. Rountree graduated from Texas Tech University (1969).
A moment of silence will be observed following the third race in the winner's circle at Arlington Park on Saturday. In addition, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the tent located in the track kitchen parking lot on the Arlington Park backstretch.Rountree is survived by a son, Mike, and two daughters, Liz and Jenny.