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Friday, December 18, 2009

Gerry Di Laura, Good bye my friend

My friend. long time jockey agent for Luis Quinonez, passed away on Thursday. Many people knew Gerry, everybody liked him. I will miss him dearly. Gerry was always there to help anyone who needed it, including me, when times were tough.
In 1996 at Remington Park my son Michael who is now 15, had his first, (and only), temper tantrum. Michael wanted to go to the game room with a few other little boys but I had to go saddle a horse. Michael began to cry and stood his ground and when I tried to grab his little hand to drag him to the paddock he threw himself down on the floor and started kicking a screaming. In a total loss I looked up and there was Gerry, a grandpa himself, and he motioned for me to go on, he would watch Michael. I stood behind a pillar watching in disbelief that this screaming kicking child was my son. About the time I needed to head to the paddock Michael noticed I wasn't standing there. He stopped crying, looked around and jumped to his feet. I looked at Gerry for what do to next and I got a big 'wink'. I stepped from around the pillar and told my son I would walk away every time he acted like that. My son never threw another fit, (until he turned into a teenager).
Gerry was always there to lend advice or help someone down on their luck. He was a loyal friend and agent for jockey Luis Quinonez for 18 years.
2 years ago at Lone Star Park Gerry slipped outside of the racing office and broke his shoulder, last year had some other health issues, I knew his time was not long but I didn't know I wouldn't get a chance to tell him goodbye. I will miss him dearly. God bless my friend Gerry.


Amateurcapper said...


I'm sorry for the loss of your friend and a friend to the racing community around you.

Remember all the times you greeted him...the hellos bound you, not the goodbyes. One day you'll say hello to Gerry again and never have to bid him farewell.

Though you are grieving, I hope the holidays can bring you cheer as you find the strength to celebrate with those still with you.

Happy holidays to you and yours.

Celeste said...

Donna, I'm sorry to hear of your loss also. He sounds like he was a wonderful person. Amateurcapper said it so well, I cannot add more, except to say again, thank you for all you do for the horses.

The Turk said...

Sorry for your loss Donna.

horse information said...

I wish all the happiness for you.I hope the holidays can bring you cheer as you find the strength to celebrate with those still with you. Have great time buddy.