Robert McKeever, 84, Dies at Valley Stream, N. Y., Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-27


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Robert McKeever, 84, Dies At Valley Stream, N.Y. AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 26.— Word was received of the sudden death, at Valley Stream, N. Y., of Robert McKeever, 84, who has been in racing for more than 60 years. Originally a mailer on the New York American, he entered racing as an owner in his teens. He is survived by his son, Robert II., now associated wtyh the John Coburn stable; his grandson, Robert III. has ridden at the current meeting; just a few days ago he took his tack to Maine where racing resumes shortly. Funeral particulars will follow. McKeever attended yesterdays racing here and left for home in apparent good health. McKeever had not been too active as a trainer of recent years. He trained for the late Paul Rainey and the two speedsters Demund and Horace E. were among his early assignments. He accompanied Eddie and Willie Dugan to Europe when they left for France and also accompanied them to Australia. In his early ownership days his horses were trained by G. "Slim" Sulley. McKeever was one of the first ten commissioners named for the clubhouse and in such capacity was actively associated with the Raineys.

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