James M. Herbener Jr. death – obituary : 69, dies of a heart attack

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James M. Herbener Jr. death – obituary, cause of death : James M. Herbener Jr. 69, is dead. He passed away at his home from an apparent heart attack on September 19th 2021.

Consignor James M. Herbener Jr. was a dedicated and loving husband, a father that demonstrated that greatness could be achieved through hard work and passion and a man that exemplified that a humble spirit and joyous heart could improve the lives of all around him.

He was a much-loved character who touched the lives of so many with his big heart, wisdom and greatness, His pleasures were simple, His needs were few. If his family was happy, He was too. He gave us love in the fullest measure, Care, devotion and memories to treasure. He shared our dreams, hopes and tears.

Herbener Jr. was a loving husband who was best known for his infectious sense of humor and making everyone laugh. he was greatly admired for his athletic abilities in school and he passed his love and passion for sports down to all his children.

Comments and tributes:

John Stuart of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services recalled coming to Kentucky from Virginia around the same time as Herbener did in the 1970s.

“We both came from a show horse background. He was from the opposite end of the state in Virginia Beach. And he was a quiet fellow, but amongst the horsemen, he was really respected for his horsemanship and ability to turn a horse out to the best a horse could be,” Stuart said. “I admired that about him. He was a good fellow. He kept himself out of trouble for his entire professional life here, so amongst the horsemen he was really well respected.”

“Jim was probably one of the sharpest horsemen you’d ever meet—one of the most genuine as well,” said Tony Lacy, Keeneland’s vice president of sales. “His integrity, he was a very straight shooter. Never lacked on his horsemanship. I think he’s one of those people that I think hit home for a lot of people today. There were a lot of tears shed by a lot of people that he affected in a very positive manner.”

Current horses representing Herbener on the racetrack include Hot Rod Charlie, who this year won the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2), finished third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), was second in the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) and crossed the finish line first in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) but was disqualified for interference. The Oxbow   colt, now 3, was bought for $17,000 by Erickson Equine from Herbener’s consignment to the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, and later that year was a $110,000 purchase by Dennis O’Neill from the Small Batch Sales consignment to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearlings Sale.

“I think he gained a lot of respect from a lot of people. He was a quiet spoken man,” Lacy added. “He was one of those people we always expect to be at the barn, worked hard, raised a great family.”

He is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Hearther, and son-in-law Dr. Patrick Ford.

Cause of death:

According to reports gathered Consignor James M. Herbener Jr. passed away at his home from an apparent heart attack on September 19th 2021.