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Bergstein Was Locked onto the Future

The most remarkable thing about Stan Bergstein was no matter how much he cherished a long life of incredible memories in racing, he always was looking forward, even at 87 years of age.

The world of racing changed dramatically during Stan’s long career, with him actively involved as a key agent of change. While he could fondly recall the good old days, he was acutely aware tomorrow was what mattered today. And he was all for charging into tomorrow.

It’s rare to find a 70 or 80-year-old man cheering on new technology the way Stan did, but he was a rare man.

You can only marvel at his career and the myriad roles he filled so brilliantly.

Yet, for all his personal accomplishments and awards, nothing made him prouder than the steady stream of young people he mentored at HTA and their subsequent transition to leadership positions in the racing industry, both harness and Thoroughbred.

As a true Renaissance man, Stan adamantly expressed his devotion to all racing and the need for an ecumenical approach to problems rather than intra-mural sniping. This was one of his more passionate beliefs.

With Stan’s passing, everyone in racing will now stand together in missing him.

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