The Paulick Report was saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of California owner Tom Braly, who owned multiple graded stakes-winning filly Evening Jewel in the name of the Braly Family Trust. In fact, in Braly's seven-year battle against cancer—first leukemia and later head and neck cancer—he said horses like Evening Jewel kept him going and looking forward to another day, another race.
With Evening Jewel, the 72-year-old former newspaperman and insurance executive, went out a winner. She won the Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 21, her second career triumph in a Grade 1 event following her victory at Keeneland this spring in the Ashland Stakes. Evening Jewel gave division leader Blind Luck all she could handle earlier this year, coming up just a nose short in a pair of Grade 1 races, the Las Virgenes Santa Anita and the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Braly's wife, Marilyn, called Evening Jewel “heaven sent.”
We send our condolences to the Braly family and his many friends inside and out of racing. Information on any services are pending.
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