Richard Frank "Dick" Oldfield, 84, of Lexington, Kentucky, died March 11, 2018 in Louisville, KY, after a short battle with cancer.
Born June 14, 1933 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of George B and Maude (Smith) Oldfield.
Following his graduation from high school Dick married and started his own trucking company and later with his father, George, began Adrian Sand and Gravel Company which supplied sand and stone to build many of the state and local highways in southeastern Michigan and northwest Ohio.
After his success in the gravel business, Dick chose to devote his time to the harness horse business. His first real success came in 1965 with the pacer True Duane p, 1:56.4m ($366,050), who defeated the great Bret Hanover in his final lifetime start in a World record time.
Dick established Oldfield Farm in Adrian, Michigan in 1968 and had much success with his homebreds. He believed that Michigan sired horses could compete at the top levels in the Standardbred industry. Some of the racehorses he was most proud to have trained were Royal Strength 2, 1:57m ($404,000) voted the country’s leading two year trotting colt in 1991, Final Cheers p,1:49.3m ($1,112,659) and Thin Blue Line p,1:50.3f ($816,644). He continued to train horses up to the past year, enjoying his time in Lexington, Hoosier Park, and Pinehurst, NC.
Dick is survived by his children Patti (Bill) Gira, Cynthia Reed (Joe Yoerg) and Rick (Lucy) Oldfield, his 4 grandchildren Robert (Laura) Reed, Corey Oldfield, Christian Reed, and Rachel Oldfield as well as his brother Ronald Oldfield and his dear friend Carolyn Turner.
At Dick’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to New Vocations Racehorse adoption program or the charity of their choice.
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