Dr. Ignacio Pavlosky, 1942-2018

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The global Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry lost one the greats of the last 50 years when Dr. Ignacio Pavlosky [1942-2018] passed away a few days ago. It is impossible to write a brief note on the contributions and achievements of “Nacho”, as we would need to book to contain it all.

In the 1970s, Dr. Pavlosky spent two years in France as the veterinarian for the Argentine trainer Angel Penna. During that time, Mr. Penna was the leading trainer in both France and England in 1976, and won the Arc with Allez France in 1974. Dr. Pavlosky maintained a long, and successful, relationship with Ron McAnally and, with his friend Pepe Leon, exported such greats as Paseana, Bayakoa, Different and Candy Ride.

Since the mid 1970’s, Nacho was the brains behind the tremendous success of the Argentine division of the Haras Santa Maria de Araras, which is owned by Brazilian Julio Bozano. As I said before, I can’t mention all of the achievements of Dr. Pavlosky as a breeder, owner, manager and veterinarian, but with all that he did professionally, it would be hard to match what he did as a mentor and family man. Three sons, Nachito, Agustin, Ivan are all veterinarians and play an important role in our industry in their respective fields. So many others have benefitted from the opportunity to work under his guidance and have gone on to successful careers.

Most of all, we all will miss the perpetual smile on his face when we came in contact with this kind, generous and giving man. As the saying goes, “they just don’t make them like him anymore.” RIP Dr. Pavlosky. We all miss you.

John Fulton

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