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'Speedy' Smithwick Passes Away

Daniel M. Smithwick, Jr., better known as "Speedy," passed away Apr. 23 in Middleburg, Va. He was 62. A former amateur steeplechase jockey, Smithwick was the son of Hall of Fame steeplechase trainer D.M. 'Mikey' Smithwick and his wife, fellow steeplechase trainer Dorothy 'Dot' Fred Smithwick. After a successful steeplechasing career of his own in the 1980s, Smithwick deviated from his parents' path and became a flat trainer along with his wife, Eva. Among their most prominent owners was Jack Kent Cooke and among their top graded winners were Ziggy's...

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Sovereign Award Winner Harvey Warner Dies

Harvey Warner, the Manitoba Jockey Club (MJC) Board Chair, passed away recently, according to Assiniboia Downs. He was one of the original founders of the non-profit MJC in 1993 and played a large part in rescuing Assiniboia Downs and the Manitoba racing industry from bankruptcy. He was recognized in 2020 with a special Sovereign Award in honor of his contributions to the sport. A longtime owner, Warner was also a former president of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) of Manitoba. He is survived by his wife, Edie, and...

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Ty Scheumann Passes Away

Theiline "Ty" Scheumann, a Washington-based owner and breeder who founded Grousemont Farm and achieved success on the national level, died Dec. 30, 2021, in Bellevue. She was 90. An avid outdoorswoman, Scheumann was a horsewoman, bird hunter, fisherman, floatplane pilot, and sailor. In the Thoroughbred arena, she was a strong supporter of the Washington industry and was honored as a Washington Racing Hall of Fame breeder in 2011. Her Grousemont Farm was one of the contributors to the building of the WTBOA Sales Pavilion and offices at Emerald Downs in...

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