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Nicol Tremblay dies
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - by Nicole Kraft

Nicol Tremblay, one of California’s most respected horsemen, died after a short illness Sunday, Aug. 27, in Sacramento.

Mr. Tremblay, 64, a native of Montreal, Quebec, had driven winners of nearly $4 million in his career, which spanned two countries. Tremblay was among Quebec’s leading drivers when he decided to move with his family to California and seek success on the Golden State Circuit.

He found it with the multitude of Cal-bred champions he developed, like Robitaille, who went on to earn nearly $900,000; $200,000 winner Gouda; $133,000 winner Taos; and Distinguishedbaron, a winner of nearly $200,000.

Mr. Tremblay also developed Mr Rodeo Drive, a top sophomore pacer in 1986.

Though he had health issues in recent years, Mr. Tremblay continued to drive and operate a stable with his daughter Nathalie, a skilled horsewoman who had been his assistant for more than two decades. Nathalie Tremblay recently passed her USTA trainer’s license with the intention of taking over more of the barn’s duties as her father neared retirement.

Mr. Tremblay’s most recent training win came June 24 with TNT Billy at Cal Expo, while he scored his last driving victory May 18 in Sacramento with K D Rowdy One.

In addition to his daughter Nathalie, Mr. Tremblay is survived by his wife, Lily; and his younger daughter, Manon.

A memorial service will be held during the Cal Expo races on Sept. 8.