Herman Brickel, 72, three weeks short of his 73rd birthday, a well-known veteran racing official and former presiding judge at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. Brickel, whose lifelong career was in harness racing, worked as race secretary at a handful of top racetracks since the mid 20th century.
These included the ill-fated Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs in Delaware, at Northfield Park, Ohio, and Hoosier Park, Indiana among other harness tracks.
Herman died of an apparent heart attack following minor surgery at a Columbus, Ohio hospital on June 25.
In addition to standardbred administrative positions, Brickel was a successful breeder and also operated the Buckeye Standardbred Yearling Sale in Columbus for many years. Since retirement about a decade ago, Brickel was a familiar figure at the annual Fall Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile, in Lexington, Ky.
From an avid harness racing family, he followed in the footsteps of his parents, Charles and Phyllis Brickel, who bred and raced 13-time winner, Billy Dart p,3, 1:54.2 ($178,013), and the fast filly Little Flo, a winner of 19 races and $130,046 and the dam of White Ruffles, a popular and longtime top class winner at the Meadowlands.
Mr. Brickel, a graduate of Wilmington College, in Ohio, is survived by his wife of nearly eight years, Linda; a step- daughter and three step-grandchildren.
Visitation for Herman Brickel is set for Saturday, June 30, from 2-5 pm at the Schoedinger Funeral Home, 3920 Broadway, in Grove City, Ohio. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, at the United Methodist Church on Columbus Street in Grove City, Ohio.
by Marv BACHRAD