Freaky Feet Pete's Larry Rheinheimer dies
September 25, 2016
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Although it was not announced on Saturday night at Hoosier Park, word quietly circulated throughout the backstretch and grandstand that well-known horseman Larry Rheinheimer, who was the proud trainer of Freaky Feet Pete, collapsed in the paddock area and later died. Despite paramedics immediately responding and Mr. Rheinheimer being taken to a local hospital, he passed away, apparently suffering a heart attack. He was 72.
The following message was posted on the harnessindiana website on Sunday: "We were stunned and heartbroken to learn of the passing of our friend Larry Rheinheimer last night. Larry was well known to the harness racing world most recently because of the phenominal success of Freaky Feet Pete, but was so much more than that to his family, community, and friends. Always humble, patient, and kind, Larry would do anything to help anybody out who needed it. Larry's smile was usually the brightest light around both in and out of the winner's circle, and he will be missed so much. Our condolences and prayers to Mary Jo and the family. Thank you so much for sharing your husband, father, and grandfather with horsemen and fans. He was a great man."
More information will be posted when available.