Nov 23, 2011
Heart attack claims life of Bob Holthus
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Veteran trainer Bob Holthus passed away Tuesday morning in Louisville at suffering a heart attack. The 77-year-old Holthus had been suffering from heart disease for several years.
A native of Nebraska, Holthus was a fixture at Oaklawn Park and Churchill Downs after beginning his training career at Columbus Racetrack in Columbus, Nebraska in 1952.
Holthus trained Lawyer Ron and Proper Reality to victories in the 2006 and 1988 Arkansas Derby, respectively. Proper Reality also won the 1989 Met Mile and Iselin Handicap. As a three-year-old Lawyer Ron also won the Southwest and Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Holthus notched 2,824 wins from nearly 20,000 starts, as well as more than $46 million in earnings.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie, sons David and Paul, and daughter Debbie.
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