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Harness Racing New South Wales was saddened to learn of the passing of horseman Lyle Jones over the weekend, aged 80. Born in Queensland, Lyle grew up in shearing sheds watching his father and quickly earned himself a reputation as a top shearer before moving to Sydney. While in Sydney he didn't have a lot to do with harness racing, but always enjoyed a trip to the trots. Lyle and his wife Janet moved to Young and bought a property adjoining the showgrounds and it was during this time he became interested in becoming involved in the sport as a trainer. Lyle was a very good horse breaker and "Mr Inter Dominion" trainer Brian Hancock sent him a number of yearlings over the years during his golden run. Lyle trained Four Penny Dark in her two and three year old seasons and won races like the Bathurst Gold Tiara, the NSW Sires Stakes and the Raith Memorial. The mare was subsequently sent to Hancock and retired with earnings of more than $300,000. Lyle is survived by his wife Janet and will be sadly missed by his children and grandchildren. Greg Hayes

Richard D. Taylor, 88, of Westfield, Indiana, died on Friday, March 25, 2016 at his home. (Richard is the father of our Executive Director,Ellen Taylor) Richard served his country as a member of the United States Army with the Occupation Forces in Japan where he chauffeured for the staff of General Douglas MacArthur. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1952. Dick began his training and driving career with his father at their training headquarters at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. He traveled county fair circuits throughout the Midwest and shipped to pari-mutuel racetracks on both coasts. Dick's gift came in the form of developing young horses, particularly 2-year-old trotters. His undeniable patience resulted in considerable success as he developed champions including Dauntless Ann, Matann, Majestic Cliff, Allot, Will Sikes, Gold, Isaac C, Home Court, and Spinning Ranger. His summed up his nine decades of experience by saying: "I want to know more about a horse tomorrow than I do today." Dick served as president and director of the Indiana Trotting & Pacing Horse Association, member of the Indiana Standardbred Board of Regulations, and assistant to the director of Harness Racing at the Indiana State Fair in the early 1970s, as well as working tirelessly in the fight to legalize pari-mutuel wagering in Indiana. He also received the Sagamore of the Wabash from former Governor Robert Orr. In 2014, he was inducted into the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame. He is survived by three children: Jo Barbara Taylor (George Greason), Robert Taylor (Tammera), and Tara Ellen Taylor; sister Sue Ann Smith; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to his parents Donald and Mabel Taylor and brother James, he was preceded in death by his wife Margot Marlatt Taylor. His life will be celebrated on April 10, 2016, at Parlay Farm, 16565 Carey Road, Westfield, Indiana, from 4 to 7pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 16575 Carey Road, Westfield, Indiana 46074 or through the website www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

A 'Celebration Of Life' for Gary Maciejewski, who died suddenly last Friday at the age of 67, will be held this Thursday, March 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the race office building on the Warren County Fairgrounds, home of old Lebanon Raceway. A longtime harness horseman, as well as a paddock security guard at nearby Miami Valley Raceway, Mr. Maciejewski was born in Toledo but migrated to Lebanon after receiving his driver-trainer license from the USTA in 1985. From just 15 sporadic county fair sulky starts, Gary guided one winner in 1998. As a trainer, he enjoyed considerable success harnessing 89 winners in 871 starts for total earnings of $281,366. His lone horse at the time of his passing was Atoka Millionaire, who has been trained and driven to 11 victories over the past two years by close friend Roy Wilson. Mr. Maciejewski was liked by all who came in contact with him over the years. His friendly demeanor and constant smile were perfect for his role as 'greeter', checking horses in and out of the Miami Valley Raceway paddock every day since the track opened in January of 2014. Previously, he was the gate guard at Lebanon Raceway congenially greeting owners, trainers, drivers and caretakers as they entered the backstretch area. The family invites all of Gary's friends to gather Thursday and bring a favorite Gary Maciejewski story to share prior to a short memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund, a favorite cause of Mr. Maciejewski. Gregg Keidel  

The Southwest Ohio harness racing community is saddened today (March 18) to learn of the sudden death this morning of Gary Maciejewski, a longtime horseman who was currently employed as a paddock security guard at Miami Valley Raceway. Maciejewski, age 67, was born in Toledo, but migrated to Lebanon before securing his driver-trainer license in 1985. Gary only used his driver's license on 15 occasions at Ohio county fairs over the years, with his lone win coming in 1998. As a trainer, he enjoyed considerable success with 89 registered wins from 871 lifetime starts. He currently owns one horse, Atoka Millionaire, who has been entrusted to his longtime friend Roy Wilson since the beginning of the year. A security guard at Lebanon Raceway prior to the opening of Miami Valley, Maciejewski has checked horses in at the MVG paddock entrance since the track's inception in 2014. Gary was his jovial self, busy checking in horse's at Miami Valley's qualifying races on Wednesday afternoon, and was reportedly readying for work at MVG today when he collapsed. Funeral details will be posted as soon as they become available. Gregg Keidel        

Michael P. McDonald of Batavia, NY, died peacefully Friday morning (Mar. 4) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY after a lengthy illness. Mr. McDonald was born October 28, 1964 in Rochester, NY; son of the late Paul McDonald and the late Barbara (Provenzano) Samberg. Mr. McDonald graduated from the Aquinas Institute in 1982 and moved quickly into the family business. In 1984, he took over as the publicity director of Batavia Downs Racetrack, which was then owned by his mother Barbara Samberg (who was the first female Director of the USTA) and his Aunt Donna Warner, after the passing of their father Pat Provenzano, who founded the track in 1940. For fourteen years, Mr. McDonald publicized and organized the activities of the top names in the industry and managed many high level racing events held at Batavia Downs that included Grand Circuit races, New York Sire Stakes and a Breeders Crown in 1988. When the track was eventually sold to Western Regional Off Track Betting (WROTB) in 1998, Mr. McDonald stayed on staff and became the facilities operations manager and inter-track wagering (ITW) manager and served in both capacities until 2006. A member of Resurrection Parish in Batavia, Mr. McDonald was an avid sports fan (in particular of the Minnesota Vikings) and was very active in local youth sports. He was also very involved with his two sons and their activities. He enjoyed playing golf and participated in the local men's hockey league. He was a youth football coach, little league baseball coach and a volunteer for Notre Dame High School football. Mr. McDonald is survived by his step-father Jim Samberg of Webster; his pride and joy, sons Cam and Aaron McDonald both of Batavia; loving sisters, Martha Smith of Rochester, Margo Conheady of Rochester, Meghan (Scott Boone) McDonald of Scottsville and dear brother, Mark (Jacquie) McDonald of Atlanta, GA; his former wife, Kelly McDonald and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The McDonald family will be present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday (Mar. 9) at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel located at 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York. Prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday (Mar. 10) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. celebrated by the Rev. Bill Donnelly at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site). Memorials can be made in his honor to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street Batavia, New York 14020. Please share your words of comfort with Mike's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call (585)343-7500. By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Duane Louis Stivale passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at 9:55 PM Tuesday March 1st 2016 in Boynton Beach, Florida. Duane was born in Montclair, NJ on August 13, 1958. He was very active in the harness racing community, he enjoyed racing cars when he was younger and in the late 70's he ventured into horse racing. He enjoyed working with the horses until the very end. He is survived by his loving wife, Michele Stivale; brother Craig Stivale of Nevada; sister Fawn Stivale of New Jersey; beloved children Sheila Riley of Colorado, Nicole and Ryan Latham of Texas, Alex Stivale, and Samantha Lyman of New York; grandchildren Arianna, Lyric, Mia, and one expected; and many incredible friends. He was predeceased by his parents Sonny and Arlene Stivale. Services are to be determined. Courtney Stafford

Columbus, OH --- Walter L. “Boots” Dunn, 85, a horseman since the 1940s and USTA Director since 1987, died Feb. 3, 2015. Mr. Dunn was president of W.L. Dunn Construction Company of Cochranton, Pa., founded by his late father, Wilbur “Cubby” Dunn. He trained and drove his own horses, maintaining his amateur status and competing across eight different decades. He is believed to be the leading amateur driver of all time, with 1,152 wins to his credit. He was a five-time national leader in UDR for his category of starts. Mr. Dunn learned to train and drive from his late father, who started the family construction business in 1919, building bridges and roads and operating a gravel plant, with a team of oxen and later horses. The younger Dunn had his own equine business as a child, charging local kids a nickel for a ride on his pony. Cubby bought a race horse in 1946, and father and son hit the road to compete, most frequently in neighboring Ohio at Northfield Park, Painesville Raceway and Grandview Raceway. They largely competed at The Meadows when that track opened in the 1960s, as well as the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit. With the help of his daughter, Lisa Dunn Adams, he operated a private training center in Cochranton with two tracks and a farm for his racehorses, broodmares and young horses. Over the years Mr. Dunn raced many good horses, almost all of them homebreds, among them the top-class Meadows pacer Justassuming during the late 1970s; Dark Magic 3,1:57.3f ($193,570), a winner of 36 races; Yourworstnightmare 3,1:56.3f ($154,339), a winner of 19 of 34 races at ages two and three; and Classicality 1:52.4f ($299,237), who took his mark last year at Pocono while trained by Mr. Dunn's daughter Lisa. Mr. Dunn was active in leadership of the Crawford County Fair Board and served as their speed superintendent and race secretary. He was a member of the 4H Horse and Pony Hall of Fame and the Meadville Area Sports Committee Hall of Fame. Mr. Dunn shared a 2003 award with his late wife, Donna, from the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association for their support of the fair program. In 2016 that group awarded the inaugural Walter “Boots” Dunn Rising Star Award, which goes to an up-and-coming Pennsylvania horseman, to Brady Brown. "Boots was an individual unlike any other," said USTA President Phil Langley. "He loved harness racing and he loved the fairs. "I last saw him on Jan. 23 at the USTA banquet in Bedford, Pa. He was surrounded by a lot of friends and relatives and he was in good spirits. He was tough. We’re going to miss him." Mr. Dunn is survived by his daughters, Debbie Dunn Sheatz (Ike), Lisa Dunn Adams, Kathy Dunn Harvey (Leo) and Leslie Dunn Zendt (Bill); and grandchildren, Cortney Sheatz, Wade Sheatz, Alex Sheatz, Shawn Harvey, Ryan Harvey, Wyatt Adams and Garrett Adams. He was preceded in death by his parents, Iris and Wilbur; and a daughter, Dinah. Funeral arrangements will be posted when available. USTA Communications Department

Carmelo J. Sabatino, a retired senior executive with Delaware North Co. and former general manager of Batavia Downs, died Sunday (Jan. 10) in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 95. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School and the University of Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Mr. Sabatino served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. Upon returning home, he married the former Josephine Marino in 1946. That same year, he joined the Delaware North Co., which he helped to build under the direction of L.M. Jacobs. Following his retirement from the company in 1976, Mr. Sabatino joined the management staff at Batavia Downs, where he continued to work until 1999. Sabatino held a number of positions during his tenure at Batavia Downs including general manager in the early 1980's, and then a variety of executive capacities after that. Near the end of his career there, he was in charge of mostly special projects. He traveled extensively during his term with both Delaware North and Batavia Downs and met several celebrities. Even after his last retirement, Mr. Sabatino continued to help manage a private family business. Todd Haight, GM/Director of Live Racing at Batavia Downs said "Mr. Sabatino was always a well-dressed and reserved man, yet certainly was capable of getting the job done. He was at Batavia Downs for two of the tracks biggest races, 1980 Niatross and 1988 Breeders Crown Armbro Flori and helped to insure those marquee nights went off without a hitch. He was all business, all the time and garnered the respect of everyone who worked with and for him". Sabatino is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Sabatino Liarakos; two sons, Thomas C. and David G. and three grandchildren. Mr. Sabatino was predeceased by his wife, who died in February 2007. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Raymond (Ray) Lowndes, the author of the wonderful trotting book “From Kedron to Albion Park” passed away last week in Brisbane, aged 70. Ray single-handedly recorded the long and colourful history of harness racing in Queensland in a series of captivating books. Many a racing writer has referenced Ray's works which provide a great insight to the history and characters in Queensland trotting. Ray’s books took us back to the golden era of trotting in this state when it boomed between  1950 – 1970 and he brought the sport's history to life going right back to the start in the 1880’s when horses were the main form of transport, through to the depression and the war years when trotting also flourished in our suburbs. He wrote that trotting tracks were once dotted throughout the Brisbane suburbs and before trotting was popular at Albion Park there with ovals all around the city at Coorparoo, Wynnum , Cleveland, Redland Bay, Lawnton, Virginia, Mt.Gravatt, Rocklea, Redcliffe and Amberley. John Wren's Kedron Park wias the main event and night racing starting at the Gabba and later at the Exhibition grounds.  The books were certainly very absorbing to read with obscure facts about colourful trotting personalities combined with some wonderful photos of races and venues. Ray’s promotion of trotting was recognized by Racing Queensland with a "Service to the Industry Award". His son Chris, one of three children and the child who usually accompanied Ray to his beloved Rocklea trots said he was proud of his father’s achievements and recalls him receiving the racing award. “We would discuss the characters and horses in trotting and one thing that I came to realise quickly was the respect that dad had from the people in the industry,  he has a deep passion for the sport and he had an photographic memory for horses and trainers names, dates and racing colours,” Chris said. “He loved Rocklea, and that was the track that we most attended together, he was quite shattered when that track closed, he also loved the exhibition trots and getting out and about the little country tracks and meeting the people. “The last trot race he saw was on my mobile phone, I went to the (2015) Exhibition and recorded the show trot final and replayed it to him, he was thrilled that the trots were back at the Exhibition.” Late of Western Suburbs, Brisbane, Raymond Bruce Lowndes passed away at the Wesley Hospital five days ago. A funeral service for Ray will be held in the Chapel of Centenary Memorial Gardens, corner of Wacol Station Road and Wolston Road, Sumner on Thursday (21/01/16) commencing at 2.00pm. by David Aldred

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened in recent days to learn of the passing of young trainer Steve McCallum, 27, on Sunday. McCallum passed away after a battle with cancer. He was a popular horseman, who was instrumental in assisting to get the late Danielle Lewis’s horse to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) to promote her legacy. The Cranbourne Harness Racing Club posted the following on its Facebook page: “The committee, staff and trainers of the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club send our condolences to the family of Steve McCallum, who sadly passed away on Sunday aged just 27 years old. “Steve attended the Gippsland Harness Training Centre and was a passionate contributor to the harness community including his time as a track steward at Cranbourne. “He will be sadly missed by the entire Harness Racing community.” HRV was also saddened to learn of the tragic passing at the weekend of trainer John Sweet. The Shepparton Harness Racing Club posted the following on its Facebook page. “The Shepparton Harness Racing Club joins the many friends who mourn the loss of local trainer John Sweet. “John was always a larrikin in the local industry, a practical joker and a man dedicated and involved in harness all his life. “To his family and friends we pass on the deepest sympathy from the harness industry.” HRV passes on its condolences to the families of both McCallum and Sweet. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

MANALANPAN, NJ -- January 2, 2016 -- William "Bill" Perretti 36, close nephew of SBOANJ Board Director Anthony Perretti, passed away on December 26, 2015. Mr. Perretti was a passionate surfer, skateboarder and sport bike rider. Visitation for Mr. Perretti will be on Sunday January 3, 2016, between 1-2 p.m. at the Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond, Beach FL 32174. Funeral service to immediately follow at 2 p.m. He was survived by his parents, William and Joan Peretti Jr., and his younger brother Ben. He is also the grandson of William Perretti Senior. The SBOANJ board is very sad to learn of the loss of director Anthony Perretti's nephew and offers their deepest condolences. Courtney Stafford

William Robert (Bill) Stuart of Ilderton, Ontario, died peacefully today at London’s University Hospital (Canada) surrounded by his family. He was in his 91st year.   Stuart and his wife of 65 years, Eileen Mae (Segriff), began racing Standardbred horses in the early 1960s and started a small breeding operation early in the 1970s. As breeders the Stuarts had the good fortune to purchase the great trotting broodmare Mygal Haw Lea as a yearling in 1975 from the first crop of Speedy Crown.   From Mygal Haw Lea they bred Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member and two-time Maple Leaf Trotting Classic winner Bridger, and the most expensive Standardbred yearling in Canadian history (at the time) for $100,000 who went on to be the first 2:00 trotter in Ontario Sires Stakes history, Brisco Herbert, and O’Brien Award winner Mombasa (dam of O’Brien Award winner Filly At Bigs) and Fuchsia (granddam of Northern Bailey) and the dam of O’Brien Award winner Stormont Tuscany.   With funds from the 1981 sale of Brisco Herbert, the Stuarts returned to a Kentucky yearling sale a month later to purchase the Speedy Crown filly Segriff winner of three Grand Circuit stakes as a three-year-old and dam of the precocious trotting filly Razzle Dazzle Tom and  grand dam of trotting mare Charming To A Tee. Another racing highlight for the Stuarts came in the early summer of 2007 when they purchased a share in the promising two-year-old trotting colt Deweycheatumnhowe. That deal landed them in the 2008 Hambletonian winner’s circle.   A World War II Canadian Army veteran, Stuart was an electrical inspector for Ontario Hydro in the London area for the majority of his working life, and enjoyed over 35 years of retirement benefitting from his and others hard fought battles during tenures as a Union Steward. Born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, next to the U.S. border, he was a member of the locally famous Bridger family who supplied Sarnia families and restaurants and docked lake freighters with flowers and produce for over 65 years beginning in 1900 from their vast greenhouse and market garden operation on London Road (near Indian Rd – not far from Hiawatha Downs).   Bill’s own father, George Stuart, was a fireman for Imperial Oil in Sarnia and it is through him that his great love of harness racing was nurtured. George had immigrated to Canada from North Yorkshire, England, circa 1900 as a young orphan and was placed as a farm labourer near Parkhill which was then, as it is today, harness racing hotbed. Bill remembers attending the races at Brigden Fair (early 1930s) with his dad when a call came for volunteers with cars as they were need to drive over the wet track to dry it out so as a passenger going round and round the young Stuart was hooked.   Besides his wife Eileen, Bill Stuart is survived by children David, Paul (Carolyn), and Sharon (Bill), seven grandchildren, Rebecca (Martin), Matthew (Sarah), Mark, Jason (Courtney), Daniel, Jonathan, and Carly and seven great-grandchildren, Natalie, Kate, Charlotte, Ella, Sean, William and Brady.   Stuart will be buried in the Bridger family plot at Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia. Visitation will take place at the Smith Funeral Home in Sarnia, Ontario, fromnoon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15 with funeral to follow.   http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/obituaries/item/42337-william-robert-bill-stuart.html   Heather MacKay

Audre J. "Tete" King, Stoneboro, PA, passed away with her family at her side on Wednesday, November 25, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh after a brief illness. She was 68.   Born March 30, 1947, in the former Mercer Cottage Hospital, she was a daughter of Harold M. and G. Maxine Sharp Dunkle.   "Tete," as she was known by all, was a lifelong resident of Stoneboro, who grew up helping her dad with his racehorses and became a trainer and owner of Standardbreds. She and her late husband, Richard, operated King Stables and raced at The Meadows, Northfield, Buffalo and many of the Pennsylvania fairs over the years.   In recent years, her top horses were trotters OWH and Churchstretstation.   Tete was the race secretary at the Great Stoneboro Fair for many years, as well as for many other county fairs throughout the state, most recently in Washington and Waynesburg, PA.   She was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.   Tete loved helping others, whether it was family, friend, or a complete stranger, she had the ability to put people at ease. She became an emergency medical technician in 1976 and went on to become an EMT instructor and then a paramedic, during which time she worked for Lakeview and Rural Metro ambulance services.   Her husband, Richard A. King, preceded her in death on March 6, 2013.   She is survived by: two children, Jody R. McClearn and her husband William, and Jason A. Clark and his companion Katherine Dorn, all Stoneboro; three grandsons, Tyler J. McClearn, Stoneboro; Jacob M. Clark, Pittsburgh; and Alex H. Clark, Clearwater, Fla.; and five sisters, Marline I. Leghart and her husband Steve, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Maxine L. Redfoot and her husband John, Stoneboro; Madine R. Wygant and her husband Joseph, Sandy Lake; Polly A. Wright and her husband Ronald, Stoneboro; and Alexa J. Schell and her husband Mark, Sandy Lake. In addition to her parents and husband, a brother Harold M. "Skip" Dunkle, preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Calling hours are 7-9PM today (11-27-15) and 1-4 and 7-9PM. Saturday (11-28-15) at the Scott A. Black Funeral Home, 99 Franklin Street, Stoneboro, PA. The funeral will be at 2PM Sunday (11-29-15) in the funeral home. Jeff Zidek  

 One of the most widely respected and enthusiastic supporters of harness racing in New Zealand, Kerry Hoggard died late yesterday in Auckland. One of the largest owners in the industry in New Zealand, Kerry raced all his stock under the Rosslands Stud banner with a lot of success from the showplace training facility he established at Clevedon. Gareth Dixon and latterly John and Joshua Dickie trained his horses from the Clevedon property with a lot of success. Kerry became heavily involved in the administration side of harness racing, bringing his business acumen to the table in an industry which badly needed it. He joined the Board of the Auckland Trotting Club in 2003 and became the president in 2012. Kerry served on the board of Harness Racing New Zealand, but stepped down just recently  Kerry was the driving force behind the hugely successful Nufarm. Kerry Hoggard ended a near 50-year relationship with Nufarm this year, having helped it grow from a small local fertiliser firm to a listed entity with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales. Mr Hoggard, who started with the company in 1957 before eventually becoming chief executive in 1987, and later chairman until 2009, resigned as a Nufarm director in February this year. But it was off that beaten track and on to the horse track where Mr Hoggard was busiest, despite his stepping down as chairman of the Racing Integrity Unit in early 2013. Mr Hoggard maintains a role as chairman of Alexandra Park, the home of Auckland Trotting Club, which in February unveiled an ambitious $200 million property development for the carpark adjacent to the ASB Showgrounds. Alexandra Park is celebrating its 125th year of harness racing but sees the move as an opportunity to ensure a long-term future for the club. The proposed development will comprise of high-end retail space over four buildings with 231 apartments above, ranging in price from $550,000 to $1.6 million. It will cost more than $205 million, with the club’s borrowing expected to reach up to $186 million. Members of the club voted in the plan’s favour at a special meeting, which Mr Hoggard described as the most significant in the club’s history. The Blues Super Rugby franchise also committed to leasing a $4 million high-performance training facility at Alexandra Park the racing club will build and own.. “The board is unanimous it can deliver,” Mr Hoggard was reported as saying. “There is no second prize in this exercise." Kerry Hoggard is survived by his wife Marilyn and son Andrew. Harnesslink Media  

Col. Keith E. Willey, 81, of Herald died Sept. 27, 2015 after a three-month battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 7, 1934 in Cherokee, Iowa. Col. Willey had resided in Sacramento County 43 years, 26 of which were spent in Herald. He served as a full-time military officer in the California National Guard , retiring in August 1992. He began as a national guardsman in 1953 and also served as air defense commander and comptroller with the California State Military Department. He was a horseman and worked as a driver, trainer, breeder and owner of standard bred race horses. He was a self-taught computer guru, photographer, pilot, music lover of old country music, a Mr. Fix-it, and cowboy at heart, who liked challenges. Surviving him are his wife Deborah Willey and son Kenneth Willey, plus numerous dogs, cats and horses. A military service will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Ben Salas Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Robin Clements-CHHA

Freehold, NJ --- A spokesman for the Fayette County (Kentucky) Coronor’s office has confirmed the death of Ole Bach, 57, following a motor vehicle accident Thursday night (Oct. 1) on Red Mile Road in Lexington. Bach, a bloodstock agent and owner of Danam Bloodstock, was struck by a car while crossing Red Mile Road Thursday night at about 10:45 p.m. He was treated at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, but did not survive his injuries. A native of Denmark, Bach lived in the United States for several decades, and made his home in New Jersey. He leaves a wife, Becky and three children, a young adult son and twin daughters in elementary school. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

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