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Ohio Hall of Famer Jerry Knappenberger dies

June 03, 2019

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Jerry Knappenberger, the longtime general manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA), died Monday, June 3. He was 78.


A native of Newark, Ohio, Mr. Knappenberger began his 50-plus years in harness racing as an assistant trainer to Terry Holton, a high school classmate. Mr. Knappenberger worked for Holton for 25 years before he was hired as the assistant general manager of the OHHA. He became general manager in 1988 following the retirement of John Stanley.


Mr. Knappenberger was a tireless advocate for the introduction of video lottery terminals at Ohio’s racetracks, which has immensely helped purses at the state’s four harness tracks and 65 county fairs.


In 2015, Mr. Knappenberger was elected into the OHHA’s Hall of Fame.


A complete obituary will be posted when available.

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