Ken Middleton Sr. Passes

Published: March 11, 2014 02:51 pm EDT

Longtime racing official Ken Middleton Sr. passed away Thursday, March 6 at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. He was 67.

The resident of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, who began his career in the racing industry as a teenager in the mailroom at the Ontario Jockey Club, held a number of racing-related positions. He was the Toronto Sun’s handicapper for racing from the Ontario Jockey Club before moving on to be the racing secretary at Kawartha Downs.

He later became the racing secretary and general manager at Elmira Raceway, and was a driving force behind the introduction of full-card simulcast wagering and the creation of the ever-popular Industry Day. He also worked as the racing secretary and general manager at Hanover Raceway before spending more than the last decade as the author of the Horseplayers’ Journal for the Standardbred program at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetrack.

Middleton, who was born in Toronto, Ontario, is survived by his dear wife Judy (Lacey) Middleton; sons Keith (Tania) and Ken Jr. (Stacey) of Cambridge, Ontario; and was the loving poppy of grandchildren Justin and Kendal. He was predeceased by his father (Ernie, Sr.), mother (Eleanor), brother (Ernie, Jr.) and sister (Jackie).

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Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Ken Middleton Sr.



My condolences to Mr Middleton's family. RIP

Sincere condolences to the Middleton family. May you find comfort in the company of friends and family, and celebrate the many memories that Ken Sr. leaves behind.

Ralph Sucee

Judy, Ken Jr and Keith

I am so sorry for your loss. It's been a long time since our days together at Kawartha. Great Guy Award for Ken's care, love and work in standardbred racing.

My deepest sympathy
Doug Hie

To the Middleton Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss.

Deepest Sympathy to all the Middleton Family, I spent many years racing at Elmira and Hanover Raceways under the control of Ken SR he was a wonderfull person and did a fantastic Job, RIP Ken.

"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day." Our deepest sympathies to the family...

My sympathies to the Middleton family.

Larry Resnitzky

Our sincere sympathy to the family on the loss of a wonderful man . We have been friends since Greenwood Raceway days. R.I.P. Ken.

Jack and I wish the family our deepest sympathy. Let us hope that there is a big racetrack in the sky because I am sure that Ken will be there.

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