Accident claims life of John Fernando, 17, son of pedigree adviser

by | 03.23.2011 | 12:00pm

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

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.

  • Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sid Fernando and to all of the family and friends of Johnny Fernando. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Starr Cooper and Family

    We were so saddened to hear the news about your dear Johnny. Please know that you are in our prayers. We hope the love of your friends and family will help you get through this this terrible time. With love the Cooper Family

  • Marcia

    Your friends in Baltimore send their deepest sympathy. Our prayers go out to Sid, Cynthia, Joe, Chandra and the whole Fernando family. God has taken the best of the best for his team but know that your friends are here for you with Johnny’s memory in their hearts. All our love, Marcia and Walt Hettinger

  • Thomas Covotsos

    John: Each night I pray that God has taken you into His Heart. You touched me in so many ways and I will never forget you. Recently in a dream, you were hugging me and asking for my help. As long as I am alive, your memory will be felt and relayed to all I know. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Thomas Covotsos

    Johnny: In a few weeks we begin our fall baseball workouts. Each member of the team has part of you embedded in their hearts. WE never begin a practice or a game without remembering what you meant to us as a player and a friend. Your magnificence will always flourish and it carries us to perform even higher than our standards will allow. We are comforted knowing that you are now in God’s hands. Please cherish our son as we do. God Bless You

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