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Breeder-owner Erkki Laakkonen dies at 71

November 21, 2016
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Standardbred Canada has reported that well-known Standardbred breeder/owner Erkki Laakkonen has passed away at the age of 75. Mr. Laakkonen passed on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Finland.
 
Many of the horses that Mr. Laakkonen bred were known for their "EL" moniker.
 
Mr. Laakkonen's most famous horses are super sire Andover Hall (3,1:51.3 [$875,047]), the double millionaire O'Brien Award winner Cameron Hall (4,1:53.4s [$2,138,787]) and multiple stakes winner EL Titan (4,1:51.2f [$726,344]).
 
Mr. Laakkonen had a farm in the Toronto region, but he was struck by a massive stroke in 2007 and returned to his home country of Finland in 2008 by ambulance-flight.
 
Mr. Laakkonen stayed at a nursing home and was surrounded by his four children. His daughter, Elina, 41, continues te family's racing traditions. (with files from SC)
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