Bobby Frankel

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The Independent Online

Bobby Frankel, who died on 16 November aged 68, was a gruff Hall of Fame racing trainer who possessed a gift for coaxing top performances out of high-strung thoroughbreds and was known for being hard in his dealings with humans but gentle with the animals in his charge.

Frankel, who began his career as one of the hired hands who walk horses around the barn after morning work-outs, built an early reputation as "King of the Claimers," taking the cheapest horses and turning them into high-priced winners. He saddled 3,654 winners and earned $227,949,775 during his 43-year career and is one of only two trainers, along with D. Wayne Lukas, to earn more than $200m.