Long time California harness racing owner/breeder Alan Kirschenbaum passed away last Friday, Oct.26th.
Alan was a major factor in California as an owner and breeder for many years. With his Stallions, Little Steven, p,5,1.49.4m, $579,833 and British Sterling T,7,1.56.2m $232,714 standing at his Cherry Tree Farm in Wilton, Ca. Alan helped to support the breeding industry in California.
In the last few years he even waived his stallion fees to help the California horsemen breed their mares to help the horse population survive in California. Alan was also a hug supporter of the California Sires Stakes.
The son of popular Catskills comedian, Freddie Roman, Alan grew up around comedy and with his talent became a top writer and producer in Hollywood with such hits as Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach and My name is. Alan also was the co-creator of Yes Dear and Friend Me the later in the mid season lineup for CBS.
But it was his love of the horses that got Alan hooked into Harness racing. With long time trainer Tim Maier and wife Denise, Alan's horses were a major factor on the California circuit. Little Steven, one of Alan's favorites held the Cal Expo track record for many years. Little Steven's offspring have amassed over $5.2 million out of 88 starters in California.
Alan also was a supporter of the California Harness Horseman's Association even serving as president, along with being an avid amateur driver, racing in several East vs. West coast challenges. Per Alan Horowitz, Executive Director of the CHHA, "Saturday was a very sad day for our CHHA Board, for our fellow horsemen and horsewomen, and for the harness industry overall. We are all greatly saddened by his death, and extend our condolences to his immediate and extended family, colleagues and friends. We will miss him!
Alan is survived by his wife Vicki, daughter, Molly, sister Judi and his parents Freddie and Ethel.
by Robin CLEMENTS/ CHHA