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Niele Jiwan Remembered

Published: December 29, 2009 12:49 pm ET

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The harness racing industry was saddened to learn of the recent passing of prominent B.C. horse owner Niele Jiwan. He was 48.

Jiwan was a major force behind racing in his home province as well as many other jurisdictions across North America, and his contributions and participation in the game will be sadly missed as noted by a number of industry officials.

"Niele and I didn't always agree with each other, but he was never shy to share his views which is something that I appreciated," said Chuck Keeling, General Manager of Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino. “His level of investment and interest in the business was significant and the entire BC racing industry will miss his involvement. More importantly, however, our thoughts are with the Jiwan family with his passing."

"Niele was different to say the least, but a basically good guy, he was bold when it came to buying horses and was not afraid to put them where they belonged,” said Bruce Barbour, the Executive Director of Racing Operations at Flamboro Downs. "Niele and I were good friends and my daughter Beth continues to partner with Niele on a B.C. filly. He will be missed."

"Canadian racing, and in particular Western Canada racing, suffered a major blow in the passing of Niele Jiwan,” added Jackson Wittup, Chair of Standardbred Canada. “Niele wasn't afraid to spend top dollar for local horses or invest in yearlings to be trained in Alberta. My condolences to the Jiwan family."

Details on Jiwan’s funeral arrangements have yet to be released. Standardbred Canada will provide more details when they are made available.

Please join SC in offering condolences to the family and friends of Niele Jiwan.

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