Antonio "Tony" Chiaravalle, who campaigned such notables as 1993 Pacer of the Year Presidential Ball, his blazing-fast stablemate Riyadh, and the top free-for-allers Dream Maker and Lime Time, died Monday, June 23, at the age of 78. While involved with the construction industry, Mr. Chiaravalle invested heavily in horse ownership for decades.
Before Presidential Ball gave Mr. Chiaravalle a top sophomore stakes contender, Dream Maker and Lime Time put him in the winner's circle for the sport's most prestigious races for older horses. Dream Maker defeated Rambling Willie, Le Baron Rouge, Senor Skipper and Governor's Skipper and won the 1978 Provincial Cup at Windsor and the 1978 Canadian Pacing Derby at Greenwood Raceway. He was voted Canada's Aged Pacer of 1977.
Lime Time gave Mr. Chiaravalle his second Provincial Cup trophy when he won the 1981 edition of the race. A son of Race Time--just like Dream Maker--Lime Time's triumph in the Provincial Cup was his 16th of his 1981 campaign. He also traveled to compete in the sport's top free-for-all events and won at the Meadowlands and included Rambling Willie, Royce and Justin Passing among his vanquished foes.
Mr. Chiaravalle's horses were trained by Bill Robinson and in later years, also by Monte Gelrod. Presidential Ball p,3, 1:50 ($3,021,363) won the 1993 North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace and then finished third in the Little Brown Jug. Riyadh, his stablemate and contemporary, earned $2,763,527 during his racing career. He won the Messenger along with an elimination of the Meadowlands Pace, finishing third in the final, and heats of the Adios and Jug, finishing second in both of those finals, with Life Sign taking the Jug.
Mr. Chiaravalle also won the Confederation Cup with Laughing Art.
He is survived by his brother, Domenic, and Rita Chiaravalle; nephews and nieces Gino (Angie) Chiaravalle, Domenic Jr., and Diana (John) Lacentra; and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place Friday, June 27 from 2 -9 p.m. at Friscolanti Funeral Home, located at 43 Barton St. East in Hamilton, Ont. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 at St. Anthony Church, 165 Prospect St North, Hamilton, Ont.