As everyone in the horse racing world is aware, the great trainer Bobby Frankel passed away on Monday at the age of 68 after a longtime battle with illness. It was the subject of the Monday post on this blog and the tributes to Frankel from the racing community were numerous, fitting, and wonderful. The rags to riches story of how Frankel started from the ground up was a testament to why he was a great trainer and there were remembrances of the true person that was hidden beneath a sometimes gruff exterior.
The Wednesday entries for racing at Hollywood Park were taken before Frankel's passing, so there was a final starter that raced under the name of Trainer Bobby Frankel on Wednesday afternoon, a horse named Life By R R.
Life By R R won his race on Wednesday afternoon at Hollywood Park. So, as he was so many times throughout his career with magnificent champions and run-of-the-mill ordinary claimers, Bobby Frankel was a winner.
I, for one, can't think of a more fitting way for Bobby Frankel's racing chapter to close. He certainly made the game a winner by being part of it and for his last starter to make him a winner for the final time, well, like I say in the title, it's just amazing how things work.
Tune in tomorrow for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!