Outstanding proprietor and breeder Paul Pompa Jr., who rose to nationwide prominence campaigning 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Massive Brown, died Saturday. He was 62.
Associates and associates confirmed the information to HRN after it was first reported by Thoroughbred Every day Information. The reason for demise was not instantly made recognized.
“A beautiful, type man who had such nice ardour for the game,” Kelly Summers Wietsma of the advertising and marketing company Equisponse advised HRN. “I had the possibility to work with Paul once I represented Massive Brown and the crew by way of the Triple Crown in 2008. Large loss to not solely our trade however to everybody who knew him.”
Pompa additionally owned Nation Grammer, the Peter Pan (G3) winner who completed fifth on this 12 months’s Travers (G1) for coach Chad Brown. Each races had been at Saratoga, the place Pompa was a really seen proprietor over time.
“Clearly it was one thing that was sudden,” New York Racing Affiliation senior vice chairman Martin Panza mentioned. “He was a robust supporter of racing usually and particularly so in New York. His presence can be missed.”
Different notable horses owned by Pompa included Grade 1 winners Join and Backseat Rhythm. D’Funnybone, Ship It In and Zekocity had been additionally amongst his graded-stakes victors.
“I met him again in 2008,” NYRA TV analyst Andy Serling advised HRN. “Paul got here as much as me and mentioned, ‘You are an enormous fan of Backseat Rhythm.’ I all the time actually preferred her. We began speaking, and he was very pleasant over time. He was not what you’d say was an absentee proprietor. He was on the monitor rather a lot. The world is a greater place for having folks like Paul Pompa.”
Regal Glory offered Pompa together with his last victory when she took the Kentucky Downs Girls Turf (G3) on Sept. 12.
Pompa purchased his first Thoroughbred in 2000, in keeping with data from NYRA.
“Paul stored on rising in stature within the recreation getting an increasing number of concerned and investing extra closely,” NYRA TV analyst and retired jockey Richard Migliore mentioned on Saturday’s telecast from Belmont Park. “You do not substitute folks like that who’ve his enthusiasm and love of the game which can be keen to place their cash as much as be a serious participant, which he was. He’s gone means too quickly.”
Pompa’s New York-based firm Truck-Ceremony made a sponsorship cope with United Parcel Service in 2007, resulting in the naming of Massive Brown in honor of the supply firm’s signature coloration. “I merely named the horse after a really huge consumer of my trucking enterprise,” Pompa advised The Related Press in 2008.
Pompa lived in Warren, N.J. He’s survived by his spouse Elisa and sons Paul III and Michael.
“He was only a good particular person,” Panza mentioned. “Our condolences exit to his household.”
Relaxation In Peace to one of many best homeowners within the recreation an amazing, however extra importantly an AMAZING Man, Paul Pompa Jr. One of many nicest human being I’ve ever met. It was an honor to serve you not just for my dad however with CB as nicely. I’ll make you proud at some point. God bless. :pray::skin-tone-3: pic.twitter.com/D3agvpSEpT
— Nick Vaccarezza (@NickVaccarezza) October 10, 2020
Devastating information with the demise of Paul Pompa. He was a tremendous particular person. His phrase was absolute.
— Bradley Thoroughbreds (@BradleyTBs) October 10, 2020