Columbus, OH — Luca Balenzano, 82, of Pompano Beach, FL died peacefully on June 30, 2020.
Mr. Balenzano was born into a family of horsemen and because of fate, he himself owned many standardbreds throughout the years. Most recently he was the breeder of millionaire Melady’s Monet along with his wife of 46 years.
Originally born in the Bronx, he settled on Long Island to be near Roosevelt Raceway where he could spend the day watching his horses jog, train and race. In 1998 he moved to South Florida where he got involved again racing at Pompano Park but always said “it doesn’t feel the same.” Nevertheless, he raced a trotter that he eventually bred to Revenue S and along come’s Melady’s Monet.
Mr. Balenzano is survived by his wife, Ester, many nieces and nephews and his closest friend, Robert “Bobby” Hiel, whom he considered his best friend and brother.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers. His burial will be at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, NY.