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Robert L. "Bobby" Gordon, 65, dies
Monday, July 17, 2006 - by Chris Schick, for the Sacramento Harness Association

Robert L. “Bobby” Gordon, 65, for more than 40 years a noted driver-trainer and track executive, died this past Friday. Gordon is survived by his wife of 32 years Kris, and four daughters, Sonia, Gina, Abby, and Sabrina.

Bobby Gordon

Gordon got his start in Ohio under trainer-driver Bob Farrington and went on to dominate the West Coast circuit as a trainer, from the late 70s until the early 90s. He trained many great stars, including BC Dauber, Theora Hanover, Peety, Stand By, Pack leader, and Calvary Officer.

He was a past president of the Western Standardbred Association and the California Horse Breeders’ Association, and in the early 1990s served as a director of the U.S. Trotting Association. He was president of Premier Harness Racing at Los Alamitos, and was very instrumental in keeping harness racing alive in California in the mid 90s.

At the time of his passing Gordon was director of backstretch operations for the Sacramento Harness Association, and was very instrumental in starting the new not-for-profit corporation, which operates the current meet at Cal-Expo Raceway.

Services will be held this Wednesday at 3:30 pm (PDT) at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 3235 Arden Way, in Sacramento.

The fourth race at Cal-Expo on Wednesday will be the Bobby Gordon Memorial, and a winner’s circle ceremony will also be conducted.