Arlene Siegel, matriarch of the Siegel family and half of the powerhouse team of Fashion Farm, as well as USHWA’s 2002 and 2009 Owners Of The Year, died on Monday, Dec. 13, after a battle with lung cancer. She was 79.
Originally from Scotch Plains, N.J., Mrs. Siegel was a nurse and her husband, Jules, a pharmacist. The Siegels at one time were owners of a chain of several dozen drugstores such as Cost Cutters and Drug Fair throughout New Jersey.
Once their children were grown, the Siegels bought Fashion Farm in New Hope, Pa., which came complete with a 27-year-old Standardbred broodmare.
From there they launched Fashion Farms and bred, campaigned or stood at stud such notables as the 1995 Hambletonian winner Tagliabue as well as standouts like Broadway Hall, Real Artist and Village Jolt, all of which currently stand at the farm.
A winner in 2009 of $869,341, Broadway Schooner won arguably the two most important races in her division, the $783,042 Hambletonian Oaks and the $600,000 Breeders Crown and was the Siegels first homebred to accomplish those feats. She was trained by Jim Campbell, as are the majority of their horses.
Other top performers for the Siegels in 2009 included Sweetheart Pace winner Western Moonlight, New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, Dial Or Nodial and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes star Fashion Feline. Fashion Feline remained among their top performers this season along with Woodrow Wilson winner Fashion Delight and Bluegrass winner Neal.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Mrs. Siegel may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Mayo Clinic, 200 First West St. S.W. Rochester, Minn. 55905. Funeral arrangements will be posted when available.