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Friday, November 16 was a sad day at Hanover Shoe Farms. On that day Rich N Elegant, the mare which many consider to be the greatest Standardbred broodmare ever was humanely euthanized due to a severe bout with colic.

Sharon Manzi, loving wife of harness racing journalist John, mother and grandmother, passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer on Saturday, November 3, 2012. She was 68. Sharon was a gentle and elegant woman, with a sweet demeanor and an inner strength that shined through her final days. Her friends and family knew her as a very talented cook, who had an uncanny ability to replicate almost any dish without a recipe.

D. Mark King passed away, at 53, shortly after horses he had raced at Harrington Raceway finished first and third on Oct. 25 after he was taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del. From a well-know and popular Delaware harness racing family, King worked with horses his entire life and was an owner, trainer, driver and a track blacksmith.

Sad news struck the Western New York circuit with the passing of 35-year-old harness driver Daniel Dylo. The popular reinsman fittingly won his last race driving his top trotting mare Vicky Winner.

Peter John Lutman Sr. of Loch Sheldrake, a harness horse driver and trainer at Monticello Raceway, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 79.

Cottonwood Farm, with deep sorrow, has announced the passing of Broadway Express, the first millionaire harness racing stallion ever to stand in Illinois and the horse that helped put Cottonwood Farm on the map.

Long time California harness racing owner/breeder Alan Kirschenbaum passed away last Friday, Oct.26th.

Hall of Fame harness racing trainer/driver Jimmy Arthur, 93, died Oct. 21, 2012, in the Tampa, Fla., area. He had been living with his son Bill, a former racing official.

Former Gippsland trptting trainer Bert Munckton died last week.A member of a well-known Pakenham family, Bert and his wife Pearl and brother Pat were actively involved in harness racing for many years.The Monckton stable produced horses such as Little Do Good (five wins),

James E. "Jim" Barry, 63, a well-known horseman from Illinois who since 2008 had worked with Peninsula Farm in Kentucky, died Oct. 5, 2012. He will be laid to rest in his hometown of Bradford, Ill. Mr. Barry became a harness racing enthusiast as a young man and started out working in the sport as a trainer in Chicago.

John A. Cashman, Jr., 72, a long-time Hambletonian Society director and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Society since 2008, passed away September 22, 2012, in Atlantis, FL. His leadership and dedication to the sport of harness racing spanned the entire industry strata for more than 50 years - racing, breeding, track management and ownership, sales and syndication, stake racing preservation, and promoting and advancing the sport he loved.

John A. Cashman, Jr., 72, one of harness racing's most active and influential leaders for many years, died Sept. 22, 2012, in Atlantis, Fla. Mr. Cashman was born June 30, 1940, to John and Eileen (McGuire) Cashman, Sr. in Garden City, N.Y.

Trot Insider has learned that Canadian Hall of Famer Run The Table, a world champion racehorse and one of Ontario's most influential sires, died Saturday night (Sept. 15) at the age of 28.

One of Southland's most prolific harness racing breeders - Noreen Stiven of Tapanui - died in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 1) after a long battle with cancer. She was 70.

Busselton Trotting Club stalwart Jack Sheedy died yesterday afternoon just two months short of his 95th birthday. A hobby harness racing trainer and driver in the South West, commencing in the early fifties and finishing in the early seventies, Jack Sheedy won races but he made a far more remarkable contribution to the administration of country harness racing in this State.

Everyone in harness racing was saddened to hear of the passing of popular owner Henno Illistom this week following a lengthy battle with cancer.

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