Retired Racetrack Vet Allen Dies at Age 76

Dr. Charles Raymond Allen, a prominent New York veterinarian, passed away on Dec. 10, 2001 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 76.

Born in Long Island, and a World War II vet who served in the U.S. Coast Guard, Allen graduated from Mount St. Mary's College and the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine in 1951. He practiced veterinary medicine for 45 years, beginning at the New Jersey and Florida tracks, and later Belmont, Aqueduct, and Saratoga with Dr. William O. Reed.

Known for his work ethics and accommodating style, Dr. Allen cared for the Thoroughbreds of many well-known individuals including Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stables. He cared for several Kentucky Derby winners and was frequently called in for conferences on other cases.

"Doc" Allen resided in Manhasset, N.Y. for 30 years until retiring to Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Tucson, Ariz., and finally Palm Desert. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, June, and four sons Jeff (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Brad (Dana Point, Calif.), Gary (Sydney, Australia) and Keith (Coto de Caza, Calif.), daughter-in-laws Kelly, Betsy, and Bonnie, and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in August at Saratoga Racetrack in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Memorial donations can be made in Dr. Allen's name to: Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, 450 Shrewsbury Plaza, Suite 351, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702; phone 561-966-8560 or