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Hinsdale resident, giant in world of harness racing, dies

Stan Bergstein, executive vice president of Harness Tracks of America from 1961 to 2011, excelled at multi-tasking long before the phrase entered the American workplace vocabulary.

“The things Stan was good at he was great at,” said Phil Langley, president of the United States Trotting Association and director of racing at Balmoral Park and Maywood Park. “His contributions to harness racing will never be duplicated.”

A resident of Hinsdale, Mr. Bergstein was an administrator, writer, editor, publicist, race announcer, TV commentator, auctioneer, pedigree expert, event planner, innovator and ambassador for the sport he dedicated his life to.

The only person to be inducted into both the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and its Communicators Hall of Fame, Mr. Bergstein, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He had suffered serious cardio-pulmonary problems in the past year.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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