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Former racing secretary Phil Wentworth dies

September 04, 2019

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Retired race secretary Phil Wentworth died on Sunday in Meadville, Pa. He had been in failing health.


Mr. Wentworth’s career in harness racing spanned over 50 years beginning in 1956 when he started grooming, training and driving horses. He attended USTA Officials School in 1967 and his first track job was at Pocono Downs in the capacity of identifier.  In the ensuing years he worked at 22 different racetracks in the positions of Assistant Racing Secretary, Racing Secretary and Associate Judge). He retired in 2009 after many years as Associate Judge at Ocean Downs and Colonial Downs. He also worked as assistant to Joe DeFrank at the Meadowlands, assistant to Gaston Valiquette at Buffalo Raceway, and as Racing Secretary at Batavia Downs, Pocono Downs and The Red Mile. He also read pedigrees at horse sales.

Mr. Wentworth loved quail hunting with Jim Ewart, golfing (he had at least two holes-in-one) and sang in a barbershop quartet.   Even after his retirement, he filled in for good friend, Mike Davis, as Associate Judge at several tracks.

He is survived by his sister, Anne Brill, and several nieces and nephews.

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