‘A Wonderful, Wonderful Man’: Friends, Fellow Racetrackers Pay Tribute To Jack Van Berg

Family and friends gathered from near and far in Hot Springs, Ark., on Monday to pay their final respects to Hall of Fame trainer, Jack Van Berg.

The Daily Racing Form reports that a crowd estimated at 350 – 400 attended the “colorful ceremony” held in Horner Hall at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Racetrackers from across the country paid tribute to Van Berg, telling stories that highlighted Van Berg’s generosity and compassion for people.

Frank Mirahmadi gave the eulogy, and several others shared funny stories and fond remembrances of the legendary trainer.

Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, who won the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba, attended the service.

“He meant the world to me,” McCarron said. “He meant the world to my family. He put us on the map with Alysheba. He was just a wonderful, wonderful man. I’m glad I got to talk to him on Christmas Day.”

Van Berg passed away Dec. 27 after battling cancer and congestive heart failure. He was 81.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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