Roslyn Horse Breeder Dies


nyra-logo-largeDonald Newman of Roslyn, a longtime thoroughbred owner and breeder in New York State, died on Tuesday, Dec. 23 after a brief illness. He was 85.

Newman was a sportswear manufacturer who purchased his first racehorse in 1974. He went on to campaign a number of stakes horses, including Mucchina, winner of the 1978 Ashland at Keeneland Race Course, First and Only, who took the 1993 Longfellow at Monmouth Park, and So N So, winner of the 2009 Lucy Scribner at Saratoga Race Course.

Among the trainers he employed through the years were Tom Bush, Jose Martin, Hall of Famer Frank “Pancho” Martin, and most recently, Carlos Martin. His horse racing legacy will be carried on by his family, said his son, Richard.

“We intend to carry on and continue racing,” said Newman. “In the past few years he concentrated on breeding New York breds, so we have a number of homebreds that are getting ready to run.”

Newman is survived by his wife, Gail; a daughter, Rebecca, and two other sons, Matthew and Adam.

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