After several years of failing health, Gordon Rumpel passed away last night in Calgary at the age of 85.
Rumpel made his name in the automobile business with several Alberta dealerships but also as arguably one of the most successful Standardbred owners ever in the game. On The Road Again and Matts Scooter were his two biggest success stories both having lucrative careers for trainer Harry Poulton before heading to stud for very profitable periods in the breeding shed.
On The Road Again was a storybook tale, with Rumpel having purchased the horse as a weanling for $10,000. He went on to win $2.8 million which at the time made him the richest pacer in history. In 1999 the horse was named to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
There were few races that Rumpel did not win with either On The Road Again and Matts Scooter including the Meadowlands Pace, Confederation Cup, Cane Pace, Prix D'Ete, Canadian Pacing Derby, Stewart Fraser Memorial and U.S. Pacing Championship to nave but a few.
Gordon was predeceased by his wife Ila in 2011.
Funeral details will be announced when available.
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