What is his claim to infamy?
Don't blame the horse, of course, of course. Lebon? Cinzano? Lebon? Cinzano? What a story!
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/sport ... .html?_r=0
>One of his first employers was Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, who trained for the potent Phipps family stable. The connection paid off. As his veterinary practice flourished, Dr. Gerard tended to the likes of the Kentucky Derby winners Secretariat, Riva Ridge, Canonero II and Kelso, one of the greatest racehorses of the modern era.
At the time of the Lebon scandal, he and his assistant vet cared for 400 horses at Belmont and at Aqueduct.
The Lebon-Cinzano affair dominated the sports pages for months, in part because the strands of the fraud proved so difficult to untangle.
“The record reveals a factual scenario that might have been authored jointly by an Alfred Hitchcock and a Damon Runyon,” the New York Court of Appeals wrote in 1980 in its decision upholding Dr. Gerard’s conviction.<
>With his career on the racetrack finished, Dr. Gerard moved to Florida, settling in Wellington, near Palm Beach, and developed a successful practice caring for polo ponies.
Besides his sister, Joyce, of Los Angeles, he is survived by his wife, Alice. His sister said that he had left a written request that his ashes be scattered “where happy horses graze.”
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction. ~ Cowboy saying
There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing. ~ Will Rogers