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Letters to the Editor: May the Horse be With Him

Like tens of thousands of racing fans in the Northeast, I became addicted to Harvey Pack when he began broadcasting his "Pack at the Track" radio program during the 1970s. Anyone who could get away with the kind of the totally 'Noo Yawk' attitude he put forth in a sport that always prided itself on being serious about its "Sport of Kings" sobriquet had to be someone who could probably get away with anything--and for the most part, that's what Harvey Pack did. When I first met him in the...

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Eric Eldin, 89, Passes Away

Classic-winning jockey Eric Eldin passed away at 89 on Sunday, Racing Post reported. Apprenticed to Ryan Jarvis, Eldin rode his first winner, Penfair (GB) (Fair Trial {GB}), in 1950, and his greatest win as a reinsman was aboard Front Row (Ire) (Epaulette {GB}), in the Irish 1000 Guineas. The Yorkshireman was also in the saddle for Lucasland (GB) (Lucero {Ire})'s wins in the 1966 July Cup and Diadem S. Abroad, Eldin also rode Derby winners in India and the Netherlands. All told, Eldin celebrated about 1,200 winners before hanging up...

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Group 1 Winner Pearly Shells Passes Away at 22

Haras de Saint Pair's Group 1-winning foundation mare Pearly Shells (GB) (Efisio {GB}-Piffle {GB}, by Shirley Heights {GB}) has passed away from natural causes. The Lord Harrington-bred bay was 22. A Ir£265,000 Goffs October yearling, she was raced by 6C Racing Ltd. and trainer Francois Rohaut. She graduated in her second start at three in early May of 2002, then added the Listed La Coupe des Pouliches later that month. Pearly Shells captured the G2 Prix de Malleret at Saint-Cloud in June, and took Deauville's G3 Prix de la Nonette...

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California Chrome Co-Owner Passes Away

Denise Martin, the co-owner of California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit), passed away June 14 at the age of 61. Martin and partners found the heights of success with the two-time Horse of the Year. The popular seven-time Grade I winner, whose victories included the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Dubai World Cup, currently stands in Japan. Martin was the wife of Perry Martin, who also co-bred California Chrome. The couple split from their partners in the horse and founded Martin Racing in 2016, the same year California Chrome won his second Horse...

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Trainer and Pro Gambler Barney Curley Passes at 81

Former trainer and professional punter Barney Curley has passed away at the age of 81. The Irishman, known for his famous bets, carried off arguably the greatest betting coup of all time when Yellow Sam won at Bellewstown for Curley in June of 1975. Born in Northern Ireland on Oct. 5, 1939, Curley found much success beating the bookies as a racehorse owner and also trained from 1984 to 2012. In 1996, Curley launched the Direct Aid for Africa charity (DAFA), which aims to improve the education and healthcare of...

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Amateur Rider Lorna Brooke Passes Away

Amateur rider Lorna Brooke passed away on Sunday after falling at Taunton earlier this month, the Injured Jockeys Fund announced on Monday morning. Brooke, 37, fell from Orchestrated (Ire) (Mahler {GB}), owned and trained by her mother, Lady Susan Brooke. "It is with deep sadness that we have to share the tragic news that Lorna Brooke passed away yesterday," the IJF statement said. "Her family thank everyone for their kindness in the last few weeks, particularly the staff at Southmead Hospital who were so professional. They will be having a...

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Sir Michael Oswald Passes at 86

Sir Michael Oswald, who fulfilled various roles in horseracing for the royal family, has died, the Racing Post reported. He was 86. A manager of the Royal Studs for 28 years after beginning in 1970, Oswald also served as racing manager to the Queen Mother. He later became a jumps adviser to The Queen. Oswald is survived by his wife Lady Angela, who also served the royal family as a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother. "He always said he had the most wonderful job anybody could ever have had and...

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California Trainer Neil French Passes Away

Neil French, a licensed trainer since 1971 who was based in Southern California, passed away from heart failure Saturday, Apr. 10, at Arcadia Methodist Hospital near Santa Anita. He was 68. French grew up with a father who was a farrier at Los Alamitos before switching to training, first Quarter Horses and eventually Thoroughbreds. French rode his father's horses in the mornings and then became a trainer on his own as a teenager. Among French's top horses were SW Pencil Point (Ire) (Sharpen Up), SW & GSP June's Reward (Hail...

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Champion Sire Adlerflug Dead in Germany

Leading German sire Adlerflug (Ger) (In the Wings {GB}-Aiyana {Ger}, by Last Tycoon {Ire}) died shortly after covering a mare at Gestut Schlenderhan, Galopponline.de reported on Monday. Owned by studs Harzburg, Schlenderhan, Brummerhof, Gorlsdorf, Bona and Gregor Vischer, the 17-year-old, Germany's 2020 Champion Sire, stood for €16,000 in 2021. A champion in Germany at three from 11-14 furlongs, Adlerflug saluted in the 2007 G1 Deutsches Derby, as well as the G1 Deutschland-Preis. Placed in an additional three Group 1 races in his native land and France for trainer Jens Hirschberger,...

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Group 1 Producer Stage Presence Dies at 23

Group 1 producer Stage Presence (Ire) (Selkirk-Park Charger {GB}, by Tirol {Ire}) has passed away at 23, the Racing Post reported on Monday. Bred by Lodge Park Stud in Ireland, the eventual dual winner first sold for €40,000 at the 1999 Goffs Orby Yearling Sale, and she raced in the colors of Robert Sangster for trainer Barry Hills. Sold again for 49,000gns during the Tattersalls December Mares Sale in 2004, she went to Horse France. In foal to Danehill Dancer (Ire), the half-sister to Group 3 winner Rum Charger (Ire)...

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Dual Guineas Hero Cockney Rebel Passes at 17

English and Irish 2000 Guineas hero Cockney Rebel (Ire) (Val Royal {Fr}-Factice, by Known Fact) passed away on Tuesday afternoon, owner Phil Cunningham announced on Twitter. He was 17. "It is with great sadness that I advise the death of Cockney rebel this afternoon," Cunningham tweeted. "He gave myself, my family and all of those connected with him such great memories that I could only have ever dreamed of. The horse of a lifetime, you changed my life." Bred by Oak Lodge Bloodstock, the March-foaled bay was a 14,286gns weanling...

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Trainer Rebecca Bastiman Passes at 40

Trainer Rebecca Bastiman passed away following a long illness according to her Facebook page, Rebecca Bastiman Racing. The trainer was 40. A statement on Bastiman's Facebook page read, "It comes with extreme sadness and heartache that I'm posting this, but sadly Rebecca Bastiman has peacefully passed away after a long illness. "Being a trainer was her dream her life, her everything, she put 110% into the love and care of her four-legged friends. "Rebecca was a dedicated trainer and a hard worker, she was first on the yard and last...

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