Bethenny Frankel's Dad Dies at 68
The reality star's famous horse-trainer father was out of the picture by the time she was four (via Harper's Bazaar).
Frankel began his training career by turning lowly claiming horses into stakes winners, and wound up with earnings of more than $200 million. "He started at the bottom and worked his way to the top of our profession," said Anderson, who booked riders on horses trained by Frankel over the years.
"He was a very kindhearted person that had people that worked for him for 20, 30 years, which is almost unheard of around the racetrack."
Frankel enjoyed his greatest success this decade, winning four consecutive Eclipse Awards as the nation's leading trainer from 2000-2003, and five overall. He oversaw a nationwide string of horses, with Khalid Abdullah-owned Juddmonte Farms as one of his major clients. Frankel won his only Triple Crown race with Empire Maker in the Belmont, dashing the Triple Crown bid of Funny Cide, who had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
The Brooklyn-born Frankel split his time between New York and California, where he first moved in 1972. He won a record 60 races at Hollywood Park in Inglewood on his way to the first of 30 training titles in Southern California, including a record six at Santa Anita.
He began his career cooling out horses after their workouts at Belmont Park and Aqueduct, and took out his trainer's license in 1966. He won his first race with Double Dash at Aqueduct that November.
He was the career leader in victories among trainers at Hollywood Park with 952 and at Santa Anita with 270.
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