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Breeder-owner Morty Finder dies at 82

June 01, 2016

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Morton Finder, a prominent Standardbred horse owner and breeder, passed away in his sleep Wednesday morning, June 1, in the VA Hospital in New York City. A native of Brooklyn and a former Coast Guard officer, Mr. Finder was 82.

A legendary owner and breeder, Mr. Finder raced horses on the New York circuit at Yonkers Raceway, the now-defunct Roosevelt Raceway, The Meadowlands and other leading harness racetracks throughout the country dating back to the 1950s, and was part of the ownership group of 1966 Triple Crown champion Romeo Hanover.

Mr. Finder began visiting Yonkers and Roosevelt raceways as a young man and became an astute and successful handicapper, which led him to horse ownership. In 1971 Pine Hollow Stud Farm was recognized as the New York State Breeder of the Year.In later years he bred and owned many stakes winners and then became a partner in Finder-Guida Enterprises with the late Lou Guida, who he also joined with to syndicate the great pacer Niatross.

Several bloodstock managers active in Standardbred breeding today worked for Mr. Finder, among them Bob Boni of Northwood Bloodstock and Mike Klau of Southwind Farms.
Mr. Finder was known for his philanthropy, supporting such charities as Henry Street Settlement.

He is survived by three children, Robin Arnold, David Finder, and Jeffrey Finder, and four grandchildren.

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