The New York Racing Affiliation, Inc. (NYRA) mourns the lack of Carmen Barrera, the longtime director of horsemen’s family members, who died swiftly these days in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She used to be 60.
Barrera joined NYRA in 1978, the similar 12 months that her uncle Laz Barrera campaigned Affirmed to the Triple Crown and used to be a valued worker and acquainted presence in any respect NYRA tracks since that point. Her father, Luis, used to be a instructor as smartly, campaigning Summing to victory within the 1981 Belmont Stakes. And her cousin, Juan Dominguez is NYRA’s racing amenities coordinator.
“Carmen Barrera used to be a serving to hand and guiding mild for numerous visitors, horsemen and staff for the final 4 many years,” mentioned NYRA Board of Administrators Chairman Michael Del Giudice. “Carmen used to be a different a part of the material of racing in New York, and he or she will probably be ignored deeply.”
Barrera used to be understandably happy with her circle of relatives’s connections to racing. Requested final 12 months to select her maximum memorable Belmont Stakes, she responded, “How can I select only one?”
“In 1978, my uncle Laz gained the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown with Affirmed,” she mentioned. “And 3 years later, in 1981, my father Luis, gained the Belmont Stakes with Summing. I used to be so happy with my dad that day: Summing ended Delightful Colony’s Triple Crown bid and George Martens rode a really perfect race. The Belmont used to be the Triple Crown race my father had sought after to win as it used to be our house observe.”
In remembrance of Barrera, NYRA these days held a second of silence for her following the second one race at Saratoga Race Route as staff accrued within the Winner’s Circle.
Barrera started her occupation at NYRA in visitor products and services as a white cap sooner than shifting to horsemen’s family members. She spent 41 years at NYRA in overall.
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