Maryland Trainer Joe Tuminelli Passes

Joe Tuminelli, a Maryland-based trainer who won hundreds of races in his career, died Nov. 6 in Baltimore, Md. He was 74.

Tuminelli, who lived in Cockeysville, Md., graduated from the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in English before embarking on his career working with Thoroughbreds. His horses earned more than $4 million.

“We were really close friends,” prominent owner Richard Vermillion said. “We shared the same interests. Joe was a really good horsemen, kind of an old-school horsemen. He really took good care of his horses.”

For Love and Glory was among Tuminelli’s popular Maryland stakes runners. Owned and bred in Maryland by T.J. Kennedy Jr., For Love and Glory won the W.P. Burch Stakes and finished second in the Bowie Stakes at Bowie Race Course in 1979, and ended his racing career in 1980 with back-to-back allowance victories at Bowie.

Another of his top horses was Da’s Baby, a Florida-bred also owned by Kennedy. She won the Virginia Belle Stakes at Bowie and New Hope Stakes at Keystone Race Track, now called Parx Racing, in 1981.

Vermillion said Tuminelli developed many good relationships over the years and was a longtime friend of noted horsemen Richard Dutrow Sr.

“They were very good friends over the years,” Vermillion said. “Joe was well-known and actually got a lot of people started in the business, like (trainer) David Walters at Charles Town. He was very instrumental (in the careers of other horsemen).”

Tuminelli is survived by his sisters Adelene “Sissy” Goldstein and her husband Lou, and Donna O'Rourke; nieces Shannon O'Rourke, Nicole Goldstein and Heather Isennock; great nephews Ashton and Aiden; and great nieces Sarah, Carmen and Samantha.

Visitation will be held Nov. 9 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, P.A., 2325 York Road in Timonium, Md.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Texas, Md., Nov. 10 at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions made be made to the American Cancer Society.

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