Many throughout the Thoroughbred world are mourning the tragic death of young John Fernando, the 17-year-old son of pedigree expert S.H. (Sid) Fernando. John Fernando, a high school senior, died of head injuries suffered Friday night from a fall at a rooftop party in Queens, N.Y.
Those of us who never met Johnny knew of his passion for baseball through his father's blog, Sid Fernando + Observations on Racing + Breeding + Youth Baseball . Johnny was a member of the Beacon High School team and had played throughout his life on youth teams, where Sid served many years as coach.
Multiple stories have been published on this tragedy, including two in the New York Daily News (here and here), one in Thoroughbred Times, and one at Francis Karon's blog. Sid Fernando, former bloodstock editor of Daily Racing Form and a contributor to many Thoroughbred publications globally, is president of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants and eMatings.com
The Fernando family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to 78th Precinct Youth Council, 123 7th Ave., PMB 202, Brooklyn, New York, 11215. A private ceremony is being held.
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