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Longtime coach Bob Meeking dies aged 94

Bob Meeking, a trainer for more than seven decades and one of the state’s most famous and respected horsemen, passed away last week at the age of 94.

Meeking, who owns the 60-acre Allaire Ranch in Poulsbo with his wife Barbara, has been ill for the past few years. After going missing in 2021 while undergoing treatment for colon cancer, Meeking returns Emerald in 2022 with a stable of nine horses and score victories with wheel race and emerald sea .

Robert A. Meeking was born on June 6, 1928 in Victoria, British Columbia, and saddled his first startup in 1946 in Lansdowne Park on the outskirts of Vancouver. Meeking has trained notably for 75 years, earning a reputation as a patient, high-rate rider while coaching top flight runners such as Longacres Derby Mincemeat winners (1970) and Salad Sam (1976) and Bucksaw multi-stakes winner.

In 2018, Meeking entered a unique contest at Emerald Downs when he was saddled trelawny finish in second place in the game No subsidized rocking chair starts for kids 3 years old and up starting with ask price of $3,500 or less in 2017-18 and coach for kids born in or before June 6, 1928.

Meeking’s last win was on July 22 against Emerald Sea, a stout 4-year-old rallied for a two-round win in the $15,000 race. At Emerald Downs, Meeking won 198 winners with a win rate of almost 16%.

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