DELAWARE STEWARD FRITZ BURKHARDT PASSES
Long-time Delaware Park steward Fritz Burkhardt passed away in Wilmington, Delaware on September 22. He was 85.
With exception of a brief stint serving as a racing official for the Emirates Racing Authority in Abu Dhabi in the mid-1990s, the native of Baltimore, Maryland had served has a steward at Delaware Park for the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission from 1987 until 2019.
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Burkhardt also worked in varied and numerous positions within in the industry. These included manager of Abacus Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado for Broadway producer Mary K. Frank; assistant to trainer Roger Cornell; steward at Rillito Downs; trainer; and agent. As a young man he worked as a houndsman at the Howard County Hunt Club.
“He really was an amazing man and he lived a fascinating life,” said John Mooney, the Executive Director of Racing at Delaware Park. “He was very devoted to animals, particularly horses. He had a very thorough understanding of the race horse and appreciated all the individuals who worked with race horses. He was a great friend, companion and mentor to so many people in the sport. The Delaware Park family and the racing industry has lost one of our champions. He will be missed.”