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Geoffrey Stein died Sunday unexpectedly

05:25 PM 05 Mar 2012 NZDT
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Geoff Stein - who has passed away aged just 58.
Geoff Stein - who has passed away aged just 58. Uploaded by: Harnesslink News Room Lee P. Thomas photo

Geoffrey Stein, co-owner of Preferred Equine Marketing and harness racing co-manager of both the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and Tattersalls Mixed Sales, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, March 4, at the age of 58.

Stein, known for his enthusiasm for fitness, had completed his regular morning run and collapsed shortly afterward. Although lacking any previously known complications, his death was determined to be the result of apparent heart failure.

Stein was a resident of Millwood, NY. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ann Landowne, and their children Holly, Joe, Michael and Jordan. He is also survived by his mother, Dorothy Stein Froman, his sister, Carol, and brother, Bobby.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in New York, New York, located at 630 Amsterdam Ave. at 91st St. Services will be available in an online webcast at

The family requests that any memorial contributions be sent to either the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Harness Museum and Hall of Fame, or Standardbred Retirement Foundation.

As much as being highly regarded for his knowledge of the racing and breeding business--and for his enthusiasm for the sport--Stein was universally liked throughout harness racing for his gentle demeanor and friendliness.

Stein’s family lived near Roosevelt Raceway during his teenage years and it was there that he became a big fan of the sport.

"The first night I went to the International and I saw Une De Mai, that was really what got me hooked," Stein said in 2001. "It’s like going to a Super Bowl and not liking football. You go to a Super Bowl, you’re going to like it."

A 1975 graduate of Brandeis University, he began his career in harness racing after graduation as a chart caller for Sports Eye (now Harness Eye) newspaper in Long Island, NY, and later became the assistant editor.

In 1981, after the birth of his daughter Holly, he left Sports Eye to care for her and to concentrate on buying, selling and racing horses, establishing a stable for limited partnerships called Select Standardbred Inc. In 1988, he partnered with his colleague David Reid and purchased Preferred Equine Marketing, which in short order became the industry’s leading sales agency.

For a time Stein and Reid managed the Garden State Sales Co. and were later tabbed to oversee the Tattersalls Sales Co. when it was purchased by new owners. The Tattersalls Yearling Sale would eventually partner with Kentucky Standardbred to become the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Tattersalls now conducts both winter and summer select mixed sales at the Meadowlands.

Stein was among the owners of the great trotting mare Moni Maker, Moni Market Breeders, and recently added the Ice Wine Stable, a Thoroughbred partnership, to his resume. Stein, through Preferred Equine Marketing, was also the syndicate manager for the stallion career of World Champion Crazed.

"The one thing that I'm most proud of throughout my career is I don't think there's anybody in the business that could say that they were ever cheated or treated dishonestly,” Stein once said.

It was an understatement typical of the man. Those who knew Geoffrey Stein were definitely richer from the experience.


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