Trainer Bobby Wingfield Dies

by | 04.18.2013 | 5:51pm

Longtime trainer Robert (Bobby) Wingfield passed away this past Saturday, according to his son-in-law, Darrel McHargue, who is currently a racing steward at Golden Gate Fields.

“He died of natural causes,” said McHargue, who is married to the former Robin Wingfield and was America's Eclipse Award winning jockey in 1978. “He passed away at his daughter's house in Livermore with his family and friends at his side.”

Mr. Wingfield was a fixture at Santa Anita's Clockers' Corner for many years and was a highly respected horseman. According to a post on twitter by Ray Paulick of the Paulick Report, “Among others, trainer Robert Wingfield trained stakes winners No No for Burt Bacharach and Bicker for Earl Scheib . . . ”

Quick with a smile and an encouraging word, Wingfield was in close contact with the racing scene in Southern California, despite having been retired for several years.

Robin Wingfield is currently Director of Group Sales at Golden Gate.

Funeral services for Bobby Wingfield will be private.

  • ziggypop

    Oh dear. Condolences to his family and friends.

  • Bobby Wingfield was a great guy, a good trainer and a quite a character. A classic story: Bobby brought up the horse, Slewbop, I want to say in 1988 to run in an overnight handicap at Bay Meadows. Bill Shoemaker is riding. Bobby tells me the horse cannot lose. He gives me a bunch of money to play Pick 3’s and a thousand to win on Slewbop. I go and make the bets; return to the paddock and shake hands with the legend Bill Shoemaker. Bobby tells me to hold the tickets until after the race. Slewbop goes off at 7-1 with Shoe up. Shoe gives him a patented ride; sits off the speed tips out on the turn and wins comfortably by a length or two. Slewbop pays $16 and change and the pick three pays something like $900 and Bobby has that thirty times. I turn over thirty five thousand dollars in tickets to Bobby and he gives me $500. Quite a day.. Shake hands and get my picture taken with the great Bill Shoemaker; watch Bobby make a big score and get $500 for the front row seat…

  • Olebobbowers

    What a cool guy he was. His ‘always on the ready smile’ sure lit up the backstretch! Rest in Peace ole pal~

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