Longtime Keeneland Bidspotter McCormick Dies At 75 – Horse Racing Information


Pete McCormick

Pete McCormick, a longtime fixture as a bidspotter at Keeneland, died Thursday at age 75.

A local of Ontario, Calif., McCormick was a boy when given his first job within the public sale enterprise from the legendary Tom Caldwell, the longtime head auctioneer at Keeneland, who took McCormick underneath his wing. McCormick additionally served within the U. S. Marine Corps. On the time of his dying, he was residing close to his household in East Bend, N.C.

Following is a press release from Keeneland president and CEO Shannon Arvin:

“The Keeneland household mourns the passing of Pete McCormick, who was an iconic presence within the Keeneland Gross sales Pavilion throughout his 4 a long time as a bid spotter.

“Pete famously stated, ‘My life is the public sale enterprise,’ and he was extensively revered by colleagues and horsemen for his tireless work ethic, professionalism and devotion to his craft. He would arrive on the sale two to a few hours earlier than the public sale started to stroll the barns, speaking to consumers and consignors and attending to know the horses. His intensive information and his demeanor received him a legion of followers, a lot of them consumers on the highest stage, who confirmed their confidence in Pete by sitting in his space of the ring to position their bids. He was their good-luck attraction.

“Keeneland extends its deepest condolences to Pete’s household, particularly his son, Ken. He shall be significantly missed.”

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