Gerry Dilger

Business is Booming at Norevale Farm

When Leo and Sarah Dooley announced last September that they would be starting their own boarding, quarantine and sales prep operation, they knew there would be a few factors working against them. First and foremost was the pandemic, at a time when the vaccine rollout was still months away. Plus, the couple was expecting to add a third member to their family at the end of the year. Even so, the Dooleys decided it was the right time to step out on their own, and Norevale Farm was born. "In...

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Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation Announces First Winner

Normarie Santiago Cruz has been named the first recipient of three annual scholarships by the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship is named in honor of the horseman who passed away this past March and is intended to promote and encourage young people who are seeking a career in the bloodstock industry. Cruz has been selected by the board to receive the funding so that she might enroll in the world-famous National Stud course in Co. Kildare, Ireland. She is a former KEMI student and is currently enrolled at...

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Honoring the Man Who Cracked The Derby Code

He's out there right now, hiding in plain sight. Very possibly running today; otherwise, last weekend or the next one. Yet even from the few animals retaining real credibility--by now perhaps no more than three or four dozen--not many of us would feel terribly confident about naming the 146th winner of the Kentucky Derby. So let's just take a moment to reflect again how extraordinary was the man who was able to sieve the 142nd and 143rd winners from crops of 11,000-12,000 (and that's just colts) foaled in North America...

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Costello: Educational Foundation a Fitting Tribute to Dilger's Example

It didn't take long after the tragic news of Gerry Dilger's passing on Wednesday morning for his friends to decide upon the most fitting way to honor his memory: a continuing commitment to the education of young people in the Thoroughbred industry. Pat Costello said that discussions started at noon Thursday as the brainchild of Robbie Lyons and Lesley Campion in the Paramount Sales office and by 2 p.m., a Gofundme page was up and running. By Friday afternoon, the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation had already raised over $100,000,...

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Services Set for Dilger

Funeral services have been set for Gerry Dilger, who passed away early Wednesday morning at the age of 61 from a cardiac condition. Visitation will be at Kerr Brothers, 3421 Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, KY, Sunday from 4-8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Monday at Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd., Lexington, at 1 p.m., followed by a burial at Lexington Cemetery. A Gofundme page has been started in Dilger's honor to raise money for The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation. Donations may be made on...

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Gerry Dilger Passes Away

Breeder, consignor and Dromoland Farm owner Gerry Dilger passed away very early Wednesday morning. The 61-year-old had been hospitalized in the ICU since suffering from cardiac arrest Feb. 24, confirmed Dilger's longtime friend and business partner Mike Ryan. "We were best friends for over 40 years," Ryan said. "It is quite sudden and a big shock to us all. He was a very, very kind man and did so much for so many people. He would give you the shirt off his back. Gerry took tremendous personal pride in bringing...

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