HALL OF FAME TRAINER FRANKEL DEAD AT 68

According to the Blood Horse, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who had been battling leukemia for most of the year, died peacefully at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. at 5:40 (EST) Monday morning Nov. 16. He was 68.


Frankel’s ex-wife Bonita and his daughter Bethenny were at his side. Juddmonte Farms racing manager Garrett O’Rourke said Frankel had recently returned home from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was “very lucid and aware of his fate.”

Frankel has won six Breeders Cup races and several Eclipse Awards for best trainer. He has set earnings records, Grade I Stakes victories records, and many others. Frankel has also won the Pacific Classic Stakes a record six times, including four in a row.

Some of his best horses include Squirtle Squirt, his first Breeders’ Cup winner; Skimming two-time winner of the Grade 1 Pacific Classic Stakes; Sightseek, winner of the Humana Distaff Handicap (Gr. I) and Ogden Phipps Handicap (Gr. I); triple Grade I winner; Empire Maker, victor in the Belmont Stakes (Gr. I); multiple Grade I winning Peace Rules; two-time Santa Anita Handicap (Gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew; and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Gr. I) winner Starine, whom he also owned; and Ghostzapper, the Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr. I) winner who was voted the 2004 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.

Frankel was the U.S. Champion Trainer by earnings in 2002 and 2003.

The funeral will be held at Hillside Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday.

Frankel requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Old Friends Retirement Home, the Grayson Foundation, and CANTER, an organization to find homes for retired horses.