For 30 years, Mike Hargrave oversaw the backstretch beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. From 1980 through 2010, he assigned stalls to the horsemen stabled at the Louisville oval, and coordinated the locations of incoming equine stars for the Kentucky Derby and several Breeders' Cups.
On Saturday, drf.com reported that Hargrave passed away at Louisville's Jewish Hospital. The 69-year-old had endured a three-week struggle with pancreatitis.
“He was one of the legends in racing, someone that I had the privilege to follow and learn from,” said his son, Steve Hargrave. “His illness came on suddenly, and he fought it as hard as he could.”
Hargrave is survived by his wife, Phyllis, son Steve, daughter Shelley Evans, five grandchildren, a step-grandson and a great-grandson.
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