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Longtime NYRA employee mourned at track

Longtime NYRA employee mourned at track

Fodera was horse ambulance driver, among other roles
Longtime NYRA employee mourned at track
Friends and co-workers honor Frank Fodera, a 30-year NYRA employee, at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
Photographer: Erica Miller

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Race Course was opened for a funeral procession Thursday, and New York Racing Association employees lined the path for the funeral of a longtime NYRA employee who died late last week in an Adirondack motorcycle accident.

Frank Fodera Sr., 64, of Malta, died Sept. 6 when the motorcycle he was operating was struck by a car in the town of Bolton, Warren County. He was a 32-year employee of NYRA, which had wrapped up its 2019 Saratoga meet just four days earlier.

Fodera's funeral was Thursday morning at St. Clements' Roman Catholic Church on Lake Avenue. After the service, the funeral procession passed through the the track property from Union Avenue to Nelson Avenue, using a service road along the track on its way to Greenridge Cemetery.

H. James Bond, a horse trainer who knew Fodera well, estimated there were 50 motorcycles and 100 cars in the funeral procession.

"Frankie used to run the horse ambulance, where he waited at the quarter pole in case anything went wrong with one of the horses on the track," Bond said. "He was a beloved employee. He was 32-year employee, he was the flower person for Marylou Whitney, before that he worked for the city of Saratoga Springs. He was just wonderful, a family man. Everyone was there to say goodbye to him."

In a statement, NYRA offered its condolences to Fodera's family and friends.

"His loss will be felt deeply among all who worked with Frankie over the last three decades," said Glen Kozak, NYRA's senior vice president of operations and capital projects. "That was made clear today by the outpouring of love and affection as the funeral procession traveled through Saratoga Race Course."

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, a long-time member of the Ballston Spa Board of Education, two children, and one grandchild.

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