Eleanor Gillock, matriarch of a longtime Meadows racing family, passed away on Sunday, February 12 at the age of 87. A resident of Belle Vernon, she was often in attendance at The Meadows watching her sons' horses race. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Michael J. Gillock, along with 10 brother and sisters. She is survived by three daughters, Brenda (Bill) Sutton of Washington, Barbara (George) Popelas of Houston and Debra Hawker of Smithfield; and two sons, Michael and Richard (Linda) Gillock of Belle Vernon. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Both Michael and Richard are longtime Meadows-based trainers, and Richard currently serves as the President of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. Friends will be received from 3-9PM Tuesday (February 14) in the James C. Stump Funeral Home, 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, February 15 with Pastor Joe DiDonato officiating.
Christina Talley, 50, passed away after a long two-year battle with cervical cancer at Penninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. on Feb. 10. Ms. Talley, who was born in Bel Air, Ohio, daughter of the late Jack and Martha Talley, is survived by her significant other, Curtis Daniels, four children, five grandchildren and several uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces. A horse enthusiast throughout her life, she cared for horses owned by her father, a renowned Delmarva-area harness race caller Jack Talley, who also owned and trained a number of harness race horses. Later she became an owner of horses with Go Nurse, she favorite. Go Nurse won Horse of the Year at Ocean Downs in 2001. A funeral Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Salisbury Baptist Temple, Salisbury, Md. At 10 a.m., a one-hour visitation will be held prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Salisbury Baptist Temple, 6413 Hobbs Road., Salisbury, Md. 21804. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.hollowayfh.com
James W. “Doc” Johnson M.D., 82, of Knightstown passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Middletown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born January 16, 1934 in West Williams, Canada, the son of the late John and Catherine Johnson. James was a physician for 38 years and was a Standardbred owner and breeder who loved to attend horse races. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, American and Ontario Medical Associations, United States Trotting Association and St Rose Catholic Church of Knightstown. James was also a longtime director for the Indiana Standardbred Association. “Doc” owned horses for 56 years. He bought his first horse shortly after graduating from medical school. A 56 year career in horse ownership needs to be described in eras. Ontario (1960’s & 1970’s) Doc’s first horse was trained by neighbor and family friend, Murray Mackey. Doc often commented on Murray’s work ethic as a dairy farmer. He thought very highly of Murray’s horsemanship, and thought Murray would have been a heck of a horseman if he had chosen it as his primary vocation. Most of Doc’s horses in the era were handled by another local horseman and friend, Bill Woodburn. Similar to Murray, Bill (and his father Lyle) were very good horsemen and devoted full-time farmers. If the horses needed to leave the local racetracks of London, Clinton, Goderich, or Dresden, they were handled by Fred and Shelley Goudreau on the Windsor/Hazel Park/Detroit Race Course circuit. Michigan and Ohio (1970’s) Doc and his good friend Don McIlmurray were inseparable in this era. They really had a lot of laughs together. They had some good luck together as well. Star Blend ($301,825) and Merrimac Hanover ($308,621) were products of this era. Doc was always impressed with Don’s ability, and creativity, in hanging up a trotter. Ontario (1980’s) Gerald Aiken, Mike Kostor, and Ray Ramsey handled Doc’s horses during this time period. Gerald Aiken developed J R Bright ($219,357), and Ray Ramsey developed Ellies Rebel ($104,679) and Classic Crystal ($83,526). While Gerald did a lot of driving prior to his health issues, Mike and Ray helped introduce Doc to the era of the catch driver. Special thanks to favorite drivers Terry Kerr and Bill Gale. Michigan (1990’s) Ted Taylor handled the raceway horses, and Kelly Goodwin handled the colts during this time period. Kelly developed Harbortown North ($156,548), which was one of Doc’s all-time favorites. Indiana Some people retire to warmer climates, but Doc retired to Indiana to be with the horses. Outside of family and friends, the horse business was Doc’s passion and he wanted to spend his free time enjoying his passion. Doc had a special way with the horses. They enjoyed him as much as he enjoyed them. Thankfully, Joe Putnam was there to help Doc enjoy his remaining years in the horse business. Joe was both friend and partner to Doc. They had a lot of fun and success together. Some of the better known horses campaigned by them on the Indiana circuit included BL Kidswillbekids ($169,082), Jim’s Lucky ($101,611) and California Joe ($117,875). Doc often commented on how Joe has many of the best qualities of the aforementioned trainers and drivers all rolled into one. Good horsemanship, patience, common sense, business sense, and competitive spirit were qualities Doc admired in Joe. Joe was like a son to Doc. Doc was able to develop some great friendships in the business, but his time in Indiana was special. He was able to immerse himself in his passion. Special thanks to Dwayne and Imy Rhule, Dianne Branham, Karl Miller, Devon Beachey, Jim Smith, Jacob Smith, Trent Stohler, and the late Dave Stohler, and all the other folks that have been at the farm over the years that called Doc friend. While Doc had some very nice horses over his 56 years in the business, he never had the pleasure of owning a truly dominant horse. The closest he came was watching Phil Peavyhouse and Don McIlmurray with the great Duchess Faye and Larry Miller and Joe Putnam with the great ABC Mercedes. Doc said that the horse business was designed for optimists, and was always happy to see his friends succeed in the business. He said that you should get out of the business if you can’t find joy in others’ success, because it’s frequently hard to find your own. Survivors include daughter, Anne Long of Morris, Ill.; sons, James A. Johnson of Knightstown and John Michael Johnson of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; granddaughters, Paige McKinley, Nora Johnson; grandson, Henry Johnson, three brothers and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 55 years Janet Johnson in 2013 and brother Ron Johnson. A memorial service was held at St. Rose Catholic Church in Knightstown with Rev John Hall officiating. Burial was held at Sacred Heart Church, Parkhill, Ontario, Canada. Memorial donations may be made to St. Rose Catholic Church P.O. Box 209 Knightstown, IN, 46148. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Condo and Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson.
Andrew Torre of Amherst, N.Y., a long time harness racing horseman in Western New York, passed away on February 5, 2017 at the age of 82. Mr. Torre competed at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs over the years as a owner, trainer and driver, and was a member of the Western New York Harness Horseman's Association. Born on May 24, 1934, Mr. Torre was the husband of the late Betty Jane Torre, father of Andrew (Kristen) Torre, Michael (Roslyn) Torre and Carolyn (Todd) Reynolds. He was also the grandfather of Bryna, Nicole, Isabelle and Camille and the brother of James (Diane) Torre and Catherine Torre. He is also survived by many relatives and friends. Visitation will be on Tuesday (Feb. 7) from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Lombardo Funeral Home (Northtowns Chapel) on 885 Niagara Falls Boulevard near Eggert/Sheridan Drive. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Torre will be celebrated at St.Christopher's Church at 2600 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda on Wednesday (Feb. 8) at 9:30 a.m. Please assemble at the church. Entombment will be at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Online condolences can me made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HOUSTON, Del.----Elmer M. Wilson, 95, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. A resident of Houston, Del., Mr. Wilson was a longtime harness horseman who followed the horses throughout his adult life. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during WWII, where he was a crane operator in the Army and saw action in England, France, and Iceland. Following military service, Mr. Wilson worked at the DuPont Co. plant in Seaford, Del. as a power service operator upon retirement in 1981. He also was a chicken and crop farmer for many years. For more than six decades, Mr. Wilson had been active in the harness racing industry. He owned and often drove several horses during his lifetime, and when younger, was considered one of the best local drivers in area racing. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling on a league team and enjoyed fishing and owned several boats over the years. Every morning, he ate daily with the "Harrington Breakfast Club," a group of men who enjoyed eating and talking. Almost every night, he could be found at the Harrington Raceway Simulcasts watching the races. Mr. Wilson will be remembered as a quiet and reserved person who was very giving, almost to a fault. He was generous by nature, and dearly a family man. Mr. Wilson was a member of the United States Trotting Assoc., Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners' Association, Houston United Methodist Church, in his younger days he was member of the Houston Fire Co., and the Milford VFW. The Wilson Family would like to send their appreciation and thanks to Seasons Hospice for their care of Mr. Wilson. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Wilson of Houston, Del.; daughter, Holly (Joseph III) Ventura of Milford, Del.; and grandson, Joseph Ventura IV. Services took place at the Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home, 15522 South DuPont Hwy., Harrington, Del., on Saturday, February 4, with Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington, Del. Arrangements are by the Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home Inc, Harrington, Contact www.melvinfuneralhome.com to send flowers or sign condolence book. Marv Bachrad
Tom Kirwan, a former harness racing trainer/driver who spent nearly 30 years as the stall superintendent at The Meadows, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the age of 70. Kirwan, of Meadow Lands, Pennsylvania, was the grandson of Michael J. Kirwan, a longtime United States Senator from Youngstown, Ohio. Tom was raised by his parents, John and Ruth, in the Washington, DC area. In the fall of 1964, at the age of 18, Tom came to Western Pennsylvania to visit his aunt and uncle, Michael and Jewel Kirwan. During that visit, the Kirwans took a trip to The Meadows for an evening of harness racing, and Tom was hooked. Through an ad in the newspaper, he discovered that trainer George Beinhauer was looking for barn help, and he took his first job as a caretaker soon after. "Flaky," as Tom was known, worked for the Beinhauer Stable for several years, living at the Beinhauer's Von Valley Farm. He started driving horses in 1966 at The Meadows and around the Pennsylvania fair circuit. In 1976, he took a job for horseowner Ed Ryan, who was starting his own stable after racing horses with Beinhauer. Kirwan became the Ryan Stable's main trainer and driver. During the 1970s through the early 1980s, he drove 453 winners and was one of the Meadows' leading drivers. In the late 1980s, when Ryan was a co-owner of The Meadows, Kirwan transitioned from the barn to the race office. He took over as the track's stall superintendent, a position he held for three decades until his retirement in 2015. Away from the track, Tom loved cheeseburgers and playing poker. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, who works in the paddock at The Meadows, and his mother, Ruth, along with three sisters and six brothers. Funeral arrangements are not yet available. from the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association
James Ty Case III, a longtime Delaware harness racing horseman who overcame numerous personal difficulties, passed away at age 60 on Jan. 13 after a courageous lifetime battle to live, with his wife Holly, at his side. A native of Dover, Del., his lifetime passion was harness racing. He raced ponies as a boy and after graduating from high school in 1973, he began training and driving Standardbreds in his father Jim Case's High Hope Stable. At the time he worked alongside his friend George Teague in the stable, whom he credits with teaching him ways to develop young horses. One of Ty's favorite horses was High Hope Leslie, who held the Dover Downs track record for older acing mares which stood for seven years. In his teens, Ty developed diabetes which in his late 30s began to take its toll. He had kidney failure and went on dialysis. In 1993, he had a kidney/pancreas transplant and within three months went back to training an driving horses. In 1995, while in the hospital for a partial foot amputation, he suddenly went completely blind and never regained any sight. He next ad a quadruple heart bypass in 1997 and in 2012, he had six stokes and underwent a successful intracranial indict bypass on his brain. After meeting Holly Holden at the Delaware State Fair, they began dating but her family moved away to Virginia. The distance became too much, and they went on to marry others. But 32 years later, they reconnected and married in 2005. They build their home, "Second Chance," and joined friends in numerous horse partnerships and were lucky to have a number of outstanding race horses. Their most recent is the Indiana-bred champion trotter Bluebird Reverend, and Artrageous. Even though Ty could not see, he often attended races at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway with his wife and guide dog at his side. He visualized how races were playing out as he listened to announcers and race fractions. After blindness, Ty became a switchboard operator at Dover Air Force Base, working for the Delaware Division of Visually Impaired. He was voted the Delaware Outstanding Employee of the Year by his co-workers. From a pool of 6,000 nationwide candidates competing for the Peter J. Salmon Award for the National Employee of the Year, he was the ultimate winner of this prestigious honor presented to him in New Orleans at the National conference. Two months before his death, Ty still rode a van daily from Dover upstate to Newcastle, Del. where he continued to work for the Del. Division of Visually Impaired. An inspiration to all that knew him, no matter for the disabilities and obstacles, he would not give up. Overcoming his terrible handicaps, Ty learned to use the computer for talking software, research things on the internet, prepare Excel spreadsheets and help his wife with her business. He would laugh and tell people he was "the autopsy that lived.' Ty Case is survived by his loving wife, Holly; daughter, Leslie DiPietro (Tony); son, James T.Case IV, "JT" (Kris); stepsons, Rick Carrol land Michael Carroll (Brittney); and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Janet Brown, his brother, Todd Case (Lisa) and his beloved guide dog, Max. Ty's last request would be for people to consider being organ donors. Two of his friends, Pamela Benton of Seaford, Del. and Lisa Berry of Wyoming, Del. had volunteered and were tested to be living organ donors for his failing kidney, but his body gave out before a transplant could take place. To celebrate this extraordinary man's life, A Gathering of Friends and Family will be held at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, Del. on Thursday, Jan 19, from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad
The Australian harness racing industry was saddened today to hear of the passing on the weekend of Beulah Manea, widow of past Harness Racing Australia President, Dr Ern Manea, AO (1984-2000), and a notable person in her own right. Beulah "Snookie" Manea was born Claudine Beulah Snook in 1929. Her childhood was spent in the Perth Hills suburb of Roleystone and she later trained as a nurse during which time she also performed in some musical theatre. Clearly her social life didn’t impinge on her nursing studies as in 1950 she finished second in the final examination for general nurses. On 18th August 1949 she shared a kiss with one Ernest Cosmo Manea, who was serving an internship at Royal Perth Hospital where she worked, and the rest as they say is history. Years later Ern Manea admitted that the only person who could make him change his mind was Beulah and they were very much a team. They moved to Bunbury in 1952 and not only developed a major medical practice but threw themselves into their new community in a broad range of areas. She was a very good public speaker, and her contribution to the Bunbury community was significant with her involvement in a huge number of community groups. Her service was recognised nationally when she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in June 2006 for service to the community of Bunbury through conservation, health, welfare and sporting organisations. She had earlier been awarded with the Centenary Medal in 2001 for long and voluntary service to the development of the Bunbury community and saving its heritage. The Bunbury City Council made her a Freeman of the City. The contribution of Beulah and Ern Manea was also acknowledged in the naming of the Manea Senior College in 2008. Her list of community work was extensive: President, Bunbury Timber Jetty Environment and Conservation Society since 1996; Member since 1990. Chair, Collections Committee, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, 1980-1991; involved with the establishment and opening of the Gallery in 1987; Life Member. Member, Bunbury Regional Hospital, 1994-1998; involved in the collocation of the St John of God Hospital with the Bunbury Regional Hospital. Involved in establishment of Bunbury Meals on Wheels 1966; volunteer, for many years; Life Member. Lady Mayoress (spouse Mayor 1966-1972 and 1988-1997); supported her husband during his two terms as Mayor; 'Freeman of the City', 1997. Instigator; Member, Cemetery Board, since 1990. Supporter, South Bunbury Football Club, 1969-1972; fundraising and catering. Founder, Senior Citizens Craft Group (Group operated 1968-1977), Bunbury Senior Citizens Association; Life Member. Involved, collaboration on and publishing of Reminiscences of a Rural Practice: Dr Foster and Associates 1947-1999, 2000. Assisted spouse (in his role as Director, of the former South West Development Authority, 1982-1988) as an advocate for the South West region of WA. As well as being mother to her own children, Mark and Denis, Beulah and Ern accepted a young Aboriginal footballer, Syd Jackson, in to their family home for a period, and he too became a part of their family. On behalf of the harness racing community we extend our deepest sympathies to the extended Manea family. Please note: The celebration of the life of Beulah Manea will be held at St Boniface Cathedral, Bunbury, commencing 11am on Friday 20/01/2017. For further information, please click here.
The tragic passing of West Australian horsewoman Alysha Johnston has had a widespread effect on the harness racing industry even on the Eastern Seaboard. Johnston took her own life on Tuesday morning, aged 27, having driven at Pinjarra the night before. Leaving behind her seven-year-old son Corey, the industry was shocked by her passing. There has been a flow of support for the family since and Johnston's friend Jamie Durnberger-Smith, part-owner of Arms Of An Angel and Breeders Challenge Semi Final winner Decapria, has since set up a 'GoFundMe' page for Corey. So far $5,430 has been raised. "Alysha and I worked together at Gary Hall's stable for many years and became good friends," Durnberger-Smith said. "I only spoke to her a couple pf days before her passing. "I didn't feel like it was my place to do this but I had to do something to help her son so I have set up a GoFundMe page to ensure his future after consulting with the family. "Corey will be able to access the trust fund when he turns 21. "We've had great support already." Durnberger-Smith will also be contributing his share of earnings from Arms Of An Angel's last two wins. Sydney trainer-driver Kevin Pizzuto recently got to know Johnston when campaigning his pacer Freyberg in Perth for the Inter Dominion series. Johnston was teaching Pizzuto's son how to ride and spent a lot of time with her when over in WA. For more information or to make a donation head to www.gofundme.com/the-corey-johnston-appeal AMANDA RANDO
Jo Ann Hertlein, 69, of Bronxville, N.Y., daughter of the late Anna and Joseph Stivala, died after a battle with cholangiocarcinoma on Dec. 17, 2016. She was born and raised in Scranton, Pa., before moving to Bronxville upon her marriage. For the last several years she had faithfully worked as an office administrator for the SOA of NY. She will be remembered for her incredible warmth and kindness, her delicious meals and her contagious laughter. She is survived by her devoted husband of 42 years, William; loving daughters and sons-in-law, Victoria (Marco) and Deborah (James); and her brother, John Stivala. Calling hours are at the Fred McGrath & Sons Funeral home, Bronxville N.Y., on Tuesday (Dec. 20) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 21) at St. Joseph’s Church. Private interment at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Save the Children. from the SOA of New York
The harness racing industry was saddened to learn of the passing of Cowra horseman Ken Smith. Ken passed away on Wednesday afternoon after a lengthy battle with ill health, aged 80. He had many great years in the sport as a hobby trainer and driver with many winners. Ken learnt his horsemanship skills off his father Ossie Smith, who was one of the first drivers to win under lights at Harold Park when Moko Robert caused an upset at 50-1 at the official opening of night trotting. Formerly based at Katoomba, some of Ken’s top performers included 1957 New South Wales Oaks winner Bangaroo Lass, Bangaroo Prince and What A Verdict just to name a few. A funeral for Ken will be held on Friday December 16 at Cowra Anglican Church at 11am. Harness Racing NSW extends its deepest sympathies to Ken’s family and friends. Amanda Rando
FREEHOLD, NJ -- November 21, 2016 -- John W. Blackwell, lifelong resident of the Freehold area, died Nov. 14, 2016. Best known for his love of horses, he transported race horses for stables in and around Monmouth County for many years. He is survived by his wife, Marie Woolfolk Blackwell and daughters Yolanda Blackwell and Shavon Coleman. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at the Higgins Memorial Home, 20 Center Street, Freehold, N.J. Courtney Stafford
Veteran McKenzie Creek (Horsham District) harness racing horseman Ken Exell passed away peacefully last week. Ken's time in harness spanned more than 60 years. He drove his first winner under the lights at the Horsham Showgrounds in February 1954, with his father Arthur's pacer, Just Andy. The Exell family lived in the Goroke district at Karnak and campaigned their small team throughout the Wimmera and Western District. They enjoyed success with Captain Flare, Flash Durenda and General Flare in what is now regarded as the halcyon era of "the trots." Ken won Horsham Trainer of the Year Awards in both 1965 and 1970 - a period somewhat dominated by the legendary Hughie Jardine. In all Exell drove 26 winners on the tight showground circuit, a tally shared with his friendly rivals Graeme Lang, Trevor Martin and the late Stan Anyon. In later years when the family moved closer to Horsham, Ken also trained thoroughbreds and acted as a barrier attendant for both the Horsham Racing & Harness Racing Clubs. In more recent times the quietly spoken Exell gained enormous satisfaction with the trotter Allawart Ugo which debuted as a 6yo gelding at Charlton in January 2012. Under the patient trainer's guidance, "Ugo" slowly learned to be a racehorse. After ten starts the trotter recorded four consecutive minor placings then scored a well deserved home track victory in the Moore Bulk Haulage Trotters Handicap on July 2012. Exell's one horse team earned the Horsham Horse of the Year Award in 2013 and also gave his proud owner, consecutive Local Trainer Strike Rate Awards. Six of Allawart Ugo's eight career victories came on the spacious Horsham circuit and the trotter was to be Ken's final runner when unplaced at Mt Gambier recently. Our sincere sympathies are extended to the Exell family. Anthony Logan
The winners circle at Monticello Raceway was overflowing with family, friends and fellow harness racing horseman on Wednesday November 2, as after the card 8th race a Memorial service was held in the winners for Brett Smith, on hand were Brett's parents Gary and Tracey Smith. Brett recently passed away from injuries sustained in a horse training accident "The strong showing is a testament of how much Brett was loved and miss by all" said Eric Warner, Monticello Raceway Race Secretary. Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001 by Shawn Wiles
Last Thursday one of the State’s great harness racing trainer-drivers in Fred Hough died at the age of 86. Fred Hough was born in 1930 to a family steeped in trotting with his father Arthur a leading Perth trainer and driver and his mother Lella a daughter of legendary dual-code trainer Fred Thomas. Fred drove his first winner Gunplay as a 16yo on 18th January 1947 at Gloucester Park and after his last win with Regal Explorer on 28th September 1990, also at Gloucester Park, he had a tally of some 512 winners with 220 of them in the city. Fred’s tally of 512 winners ranks him in 39th place on the all-time list of successful drivers in this State. He was a part of history on 2nd September 1950 behind Step Lad when that horse dead-heated with Attaboy. It was the first dead-heat at Gloucester Park after the introduction of the photo-finish. Fred also won the first WA Oaks in 1968 when he trained and drove the outstanding filly Pyramus to victory. She was to go on and win a WA Pacing Cup for Les Marriott. Fred won ten races with Pyramus and he also developed another outstanding horse in Velvet Prince which later went on to run third in the 1978 Inter Dominion Final for Fred Kersley. While he was an outstanding educator of young horses, it was the fifties champion Frosty Nelson which took Fred Hough to the pinnacle of trotting in Western Australia. Frosty Nelson won 28 races whilst in Fred’s stables including the 1955 WA Pacing Cup and two heats of the 1957 Inter Dominion held at Gloucester Park and a State Sprint Championship. Fred won a second State Sprint in 1968 with Carpathian. Fred was also keenly sought after as a freelance reinsman and won a pair of Stratton Cups with Blue Pennant (for trainer Tom Charles) and Red Vicar (for trainer Geoff Sherriffs). Alan Parker
Columbus, OH--- According to an article in Newsday published on Friday (Oct. 28), former leading harness racing owner/breeder David Brooks, died in federal prison on Thursday (Oct. 27) in Danbury, Conn. of undisclosed causes. Brooks, 61, was the former executive of DHB Industries Inc. and was in the midst of serving a 17-year sentence after he was convicted in 2010 on a 17-count indictment that included conspiracy; securities, wire and mail fraud; insider trading; and obstruction of justice. Operating as Perfect World Enterprises and Bulletproof Enterprises, Brooks and his brother Jeffrey owned more than 800 horses when he was convicted, including 2004 Little Brown Jug winner Timesareachanging. The prison where Brooks was recently transferred is expected to issue a detailed report regarding the circumstances of his death in the near future. To access the full article please click here. For an article that appeared in The Atlantic shortly before his conviction, please click here. USTA Communications Department