Bob Farrington lives large in my memory. Goodbye to another harness racing icon, Hall of Fame trainer-driver Bob Farrington, who has passed away at the ripe, old age of Sad to say not many of us remain. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. Farrington won 36 driving titles with 30 of them coming at Chicago area tracks, including six at both Sportsman’s Park and Washington Park.

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Karen, Sad to hear this news. I saw you and Joe at Carlyle’s last night and spoke to Joe but you were on the harnees. Jim Harris Warsaw Indiana.

During a program at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey Farrington drove six times and won all farringtpn races. Born in Richwood, Ohio, on July 15,Mr.

View From the Racetrack Grandstand: RIP – Bob Farrington, 85

Born in Richwood, Ohio on July 15,the Farrington won 36 driving titles with 30 of them coming on Faarrington area tracks, including 6 at both Sportsman’s Park and Washington Park. He stood on his head in our race. Fri, Oct 17, at 3: I shall keep Vivian and the family in my prayers.

One victory was from behind, and the other was on the front end. Your Dad was an inspiration to many not just in the racing world. Sat, 29 Dec When Bob and Willie came onto a track Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. He was the first driver to win races in a season and the first to win races in a season.


Marilyn Adams Coleman United States. Jim and Beth Harris. I hear about the Farringtons exploits from older members of the Iowa harness racing community where I have some horses racing. I would like to send you a photograph of the display if you would provide me with your email.

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The Horse that God Loved! I didn’t know there even was such a thing.

Probably few horses caught the imagination of the public as did Willie and Bob. Arlette and I extend our sympathy to the Farrington family.

It was the summer of 1979 at Sportsman’s Park

Rambling Willie was “put down” in because of laminitis an often fatal hoof disease and was buried in the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky where he had resided, on permanent exhibition, in the Park’s “Hall of Champions”, representing the Standardbred breed.

Elected to the Harness Racing Museum Hall of Fame inFarrington was the first driver ever to win races in a seasonfirst to win races in farrinngton seasonfirst to win races twice, and first to win races farringtonn times. Evans and Philip S. Many years ago you provided to me many momentos of Rambling Willie and your Dad.


They went to 28 cities in 32 weeks and drew record breaking crowds at each racetrack and shopping mall they went to. Bob Farrington and Rambling Willie. But he was especially impressive, and I really became a believer in and a fan of the horse, when I saw him win twice at Hollywood Park, in, I’m guessing, the fall of He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Vivian Harris Farrington.

One could not have foreseen their success and impact on harness racing but they became a major presence and still have some members in the sport. His first pari- mutual win was in at Hilliard Raceway with a horse called Grand Martha.

He only knew he enjoyed training and driving horses and wanted to devote himself to it full time. Lee Shalgos Chicago Fri, Oct 17, at 2: