Born in Columbia, S.C., Sessa bred six stakes winners, including Heckofaralph, who raced for the couple. A popular Florida sprinter, Heckofaralph set three course records at Calder Race Course, including one in world-record-equaling time. At Gulfstream Park, Heckofaralph established a course record and has career earnings of $695,074.
Betty Sessa campaigned six additional stakes winners, including homebreds Vaguely Double and Leave'm Inthedark. In addition to her husband, her survivors include a son, Ralph Sessa Jr., and daughters Kathy, Kim, and Patti.