The Brock Talk

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Trainer Frankel Recovering At Home

From the Bobby Frankel Get Well group on Facebook:
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel is recovering from an undisclosed illness at his Los Angeles area home, according to several people close to him, and has stayed away from the racetrack in recent weeks, leading to widespread concern among his friends and colleagues in the sport about his long-term health. We would like to let Bobby know we are thinking about him and wish him well during this difficult time.

One of the most successful trainers in American racing, Frankel has had a major presence throughout the nation in the last two decades. He has won 26 races worth $1 million or more, including six Breeders' Cup races and the 2003 Belmont Stakes with Empire Maker.

Frankel has trained 10 national champions, including 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, and has won 30 training titles in Southern California and New York. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995, Frankel has won five Eclipse Awards as the nation's outstanding trainer, most recently in 2003.

But it is Frankel the person, as much as the trainer, that has made him a popular figure in racing. A native of Brooklyn, Frankel is known for a quick wit, a fiery temper, and a sense of humor. But he is a man with a well-known soft spot for his horses, particularly fillies, as well as his pet dogs.

- Steve Andersen, DRF

The Brock Talk Note: Santa Anita has created a Bobby Frankel Get Well Soon card on Facebook that allows fans and friends to post messages. There is a link directly to the page on the right hand side of this page.

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