John Cashman, veteran of harness racing industry, dies at age 72

ATLANTIS, Fla. — John Cashman, the father of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and a veteran of the harness racing industry with connections to Central Kentucky, has died. He was 72.

Carol Hodes, publicity director for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of NJ, said John Cashman died Saturday in Atlantis, Fla. She said Mr. Cashman had been battling pancreatic cancer.

A New York native and an avid fan of harness racing since he was a young boy, Mr. Cashman would often accompany his father — a steward for the New York State Racing & Wagering Board — to the racetrack and other industry events.

In 1992, Mr. Cashman was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., where he served as an active trustee.

Mr. Cashman's career in horse racing started as racing director at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, N.Y. He then owned and operated Cashman-Magee Sale Company in Saratoga, N.Y.

He was president of Castleton Farm in Lexington for more than 20 years. He served as president of Pompano Park Racetrack, The Red Mile and Tattersalls Sales Company. He was a director of the Maxwell Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky and the Grayson Foundation. He helped create the Breeders Crown series, launched in 1984.

In addition, Mr. Cashman served as vice chairman of the American Horse Council and as a member of the Kentucky Racing Commission.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday in Lantana, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924, or the American Cancer Society. Tillman Funeral Home & Crematory of West Palm Beach, Fla., is handling arrangements.

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