People came from all over the country came remember and pay tribute to trainer Rick Violette at an emotional memorial service at Belmont Park this week, reports the Blood-Horse.
The Belmont Cafe was standing room only with family members, friends, employees and others with connections to Violette, who passed away last month at age 65.
Violette, president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, was remembered as a funny, generous and compassionate person known to ruffle feathers. Those he challenged paid great respect to him.
“He fought for you. I can show you X-rays of where I've been concussed by butting heads with him,” said NYRA president and CEO Chris Kay.
“He fought with us, but more importantly he fought for us, and we can't thank him enough for that,” said Anthony Stabile, NYRA racing analyst.
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