BREEDER OF BELMONT WINNER HERMEN GREENBERG DEAD AT 89

Hermen Greenberg, a major real estate developer, philanthropist and Thoroughbred breeder died on Sunday, February 28th. Mr. Greenberg was 89-years-old.

Mr. Greenberg was a World War II veteran (US Army Master Sergeant) who served in Africa and Europe. He was an avid fisherman when he wasn’t working and a major developer in the Washington DC Metropolitan area when he was.

As philanthropist supporting the arts, Mr. Greenberg supported the FBI children programs, Mt Vernon, The Kennedy Center and the Washington International Horse Show, among others.

Operating at his Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, Mr. Greenberg bred 1993 Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair. By Virginia-bred sire and Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony, Virginia-bred Colonial Affair was sold at Saratoga to Don Little’s Centennial Farm.

Amassing over $1.6 million in earnings for Centennial, Colonial Affair also won the Jockey Club Gold Cup Gr.I and the Whitney Stakes Gr.I.

His Belmont win was a historic event as rider Julie Krone became the first female jockey to ever win a Triple Crown race.

In 2008, Colonial Affair was enshrined into the Virginia Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Mr. Greenberg travelled to Colonial Downs to accept the award.

Long a supporter of the M.A.R.E. Center in Middleburg, Mr. Greenberg purchased graded stakes winner Researcher from that organization’s annual yearling sale. Researcher has gone on to win over $780,000 including the Charles Town Classic, the Queens County Handicap Gr. III and the Mountaineer Mile.

Mr. Greenberg also bred top steeplechaser Sur La Te who won $681,820 including the Iroquois Steeplechase in 2005 and 2006.

He is survived by his wife Monica, children Richard Greenberg, Sheri Waddell, and Aleco Bravo-Greenberg, and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, 2237 33rd Street, N.E. Washington DC 20018 or The Adas Israel Congregation c/o The Children”s Fund, 2850 Quebec Street Northwest,Washington, DC 20008-5296.

(Photo at birthday party by John Arundel/via Flickr)