Herman Brickel, a veteran racing official who worked as race secretary at Northfield Park and Hoosier Park as well as other tracks, and as presiding judge at Scioto Downs, died Monday in Columbus, Ohio, of an apparent heart attack. He was 72. Brickel also operated the Buckeye Standardbred Yearling Sale in Columbus for many years. When not working, Brickel was always at the fall Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile, which he fondly called the "Fall Trots" meet.
Visitation for Mr. Brickel will be held Saturday from 2-5 pm at the Schoedinger Funeral Home, 3920 Broadway, in Grove City, Ohio. A funeral service will be held at 3 pm Sunday at the United Methodist Church on Columbus St. in Grove City. For driving directions to the funeral home, click here.
A native of Ohio, Brickel was reared to become an avid harness racing fan. His parents, Charles and Phyllis, bred and campaigned Billy Dart p,3, 1:54.2 ($178,013), a 13-time winner, as well as the filly Little Flo, a winner of $130,046 and 19 races. Brickel was graduated from Wilmington College in Ohio and made harness racing his career.
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