Dr. Melvyn Aylor, DVM, 54, a native of Covington, Ky. and a resident of Bell, Fla. where he bred and trained primarily Florida-bred pacers, died Nov. 28, 2009.
As a licensed veterinarian, Dr. Aylor had been involved in harness racing since the early 1980s. He was an owner/breeder/trainer/driver and a longtime member of the USTA and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. He also held a seat as a Director of the FSBOA.
Dr. Aylor was inducted into the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association's Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.
He currently owned more than 60 horses, had been involved in the ownership of nearly 100 or more and had bred more than 100 horses including such outstanding pacers as Leaving Miami, Hearty Lover, Leavembehind, Callies Sweetheart, Miami Flight, Miss Top Flight, Welcome Lover, Toughs Proud Mary and Sanfandango in his career.
He was the co-owner of the Florida-bred stallion Mannart Howard, who produced some great Florida-bred pacing colts and fillies.
Dr. Aylor is survived by his daughter, Ashlee; and son, Kyle.
Donations can be sent to Ashlee or Kyle Aylor, 2100 SW 15th Way, Bell, FL 32619. (FSBOA)