The world of Minnesota Thoroughbred Racing is in mourning following the unexpected passing of Robert “Bob” Lothenbach, the distinguished breeder, owner, and booster. His death was confirmed by the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, leaving the racing community in shock and sorrow.
Bob Lothenbach’s passing, confirmed yesterday, has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him. Described as someone with a “beautiful heart” and a constant desire to improve the lives of others, the news has struck the racing community profoundly. The exact cause of his unexpected death has not been disclosed to the public, and the circumstances surrounding this loss remain private. His family, in acknowledging the heartbreaking news, is in the thoughts and prayers of many during this difficult time.
A resident of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Bob Lothenbach earned recognition as the state’s TOBA Outstanding Breeder of the Year in 2019. His association with Canterbury Park dates back to its inception in the mid-1980s. Boasting facilities in Lexington, Kentucky, and Saint Michael, Minnesota, Lothenbach’s breeding operation includes an impressive roster of 34 broodmares, 93 horses of racing age, 22 yearlings, and 22 foals.
Lothenbach’s imprint on the racing world is evident through notable homebred horses such as the millionaire Mister Mardi Gras and grade 1 winner Mayo On the Side. His breeding prowess extends to producing successful runners like Millionaires Vacare, Bearpath (2010 Pan American Stakes winner), and Sonic Boom (2017 American Derby victor). His involvement in the sport includes ownership of a share in the multiple graded stakes winner Saint Ballado.
Even after selling his business, Imagine! Print Solutions, Bob Lothenbach remained an active force in managing family investments and property. Beyond the racetrack, he dedicated his time to supporting literacy initiatives through the Literacy Matters Foundation, exemplifying his commitment to aiding those facing literacy challenges.
As the racing community grieves the loss of a stalwart figure, the family is expected to release an obituary and funeral arrangements, providing an opportunity for friends, colleagues, and admirers to pay their respects to Bob Lothenbach’s legacy in the world of Thoroughbred Racing.