A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 9, for longtime horsemen Ron Gaffney, who passed away last weekend at the age of 77.
The service will be held at 8 p.m. at His Place Ministries Church, 7020 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL.
Gaffney, who rode and galloped horses early in his career in New England, was still galloping and ponying horses last year. He and his wife/partner Emmy, the daughter of trainer Jimmy Rowe, who trained the multiple-stakes winner Spicy Living in 1963-64, were based at Gulfstream Park. Gaffney’s top horses included Call Me Mr. Vain, who he claimed for $25,000 and who finished second in the 1999 Philip Iselin (G2) and Elkwood at Monmouth Park; Storm of Glory, winner of Gulfstream’s The Very One in 1990, and 2013 Sumter Stakes winner Rule Number Six. Gaffney coaxed jockey Abby Fuller out of retirement, putting her on her first winner in nine years in 2011 and her last in 2012.