Consignor James Herbener Jr. Dies At Age 69

Consignor James Herbener Jr. died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at his home in Georgetown, Ky., Thoroughbred Daily News reports. He was 69.

A Virginia native, Herbener is best known in recent history as the consignor of Hot Rod Charlie, who he offered as a short yearling at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale and sold for $17,000. The Oxbow colt has gone on to become a Grade 2 winner and finish in the money in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.

Herbener’s death came in the middle of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where he had seven horses on offer over the course of the two-week sale. The remaining horses left to sell at the auction will be managed by his daughter Heather and longtime friend John Williams.

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