LARC NEWS Posted: 6/2/2017 5:11:26 PM


     James Glenn, Sr., a highly respected horsemen, a great family man, and the father of current Los Alamitos Race Course trainer James Glenn, Jr., passed away on Wednesday after a courageous and long battle with several illnesses that included congestive heart failure. Glenn, Sr. passed away surrounded by friends and family in Buckeye, Arizona. He was 78-years-old.

“My dad had been sick for a long time, but that never stopped him,” said Glenn, Jr. “He was the ultimate lion-heart and for him it was always mind over matter. My dad was full of positive attitude and was always a fighter. He battled illnesses his whole life, but he was all heart and had an incredible will to live for his family and everyone that he loved. He never let the illnesses get in his way of pursuing what he wanted. 

“He was a big family man and the rock that held everyone in our family together,” Glenn, Jr. added. “He was loved my so many people. My dad and mom, Roxie, raised five children and taught us discipline and hard work. They're a big part of my racing operation and a huge part of my family’s life, helping my wife, Shelli, and I raise our daughters. My dad was a great man.”

Glenn Sr. was also a very successful trainer at his home track of Portland Meadows and at Los Alamitos Race Course. From 1990 to 2001, the trainer won 81 races from 597 starters for a solid 14% win ratio. His top horses during that time included Thinkin Strawfly, the fourth place finisher in the $109,000 California Sires Cup Futurity at Los Alamitos in 1995, and Caughter In The Straw, the third place finisher in the $42,000 Pot O’ Gold Futurity in 2000. He also saddled Desert Connection to victory in the PCQHRA Handicap at Pleasanton in 1991 and sent Joans Bidajet to a third place finish in the Goetta Handicap at Los Alamitos in 1994. One of his final starters at Portland Meadows was Adash Of Clover, which was ridden by current Los Alamitos Race Course Racing Secretary Jay Conklin, in March of 2001.  Glenn Sr. enjoyed a great career training at Portland Meadows, as he saddled 36 winners from 151 starters during the 1990s and early 2000s. He also saddled 46 winners during his time at Los Alamitos Race Course and even started a handful of Thoroughbreds at major tracks like Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park.  

“My dad loved Los Alamitos, loved Quarter Horses, and loved the people involved in the racing industry,” Glenn, Jr. continued. “He enjoyed being around the horses when his health permitted it. My dad was my biggest fan. He would call me every week to talk racing.  He had been really sick the past few years, but in the end he went peacefully. When the Good Lord calls you home, you’re going home.”

James Glenn, Sr. is survived by his wife, Roxie, and their five children and their families, including a total of 28 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“Those children were the light of his life,” Glenn, Jr. concluded.

A memorial service for James Glenn, Sr. will be held on Friday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Church of Christ in Yoncalla, Oregon. For more info call 714-820-2690.



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