Former harness racing trainer Vincent Aurigemma, 72, of Silver Springs, Md., died Aug. 8, 2020, after a long battle with diabetes.
He was born Aug. 13, 1947, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, and attended Queens College for three years, majoring in political science and history.
He started his harness racing career at Roosevelt Raceway in 1968 under trainer/driver Joe Firetti, and then had tenures with Jimmy Cruise and Joe Faraldo before branching out on his own. In 1975, he successfully campaigned a one-horse stable of Less Tired which would lead him to developing one of the leading stables in the country.
During the 1980s, he won multiple training titles at both Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceways. He campaigned world champions Skip By Night and Time O Nic along with Division Street, Brisk Air, Sudden Urge, Doc’s Fella and many others during his career.
The family held a private service in Maryland and is planning on having an online Facebook memorial service in mid-September. The date and time will be announced once it is finalized.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 312, Millstone Township, NJ 08535, www.adoptahorse.org.