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Jack Klugman loved horse racing

December 24, 2012|By Eric Sondheimer | This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
  • Jack Klugman after a successful nine-month run on Broadway in the "The Sunshine Boys."
Jack Klugman after a successful nine-month run on Broadway in the "The… (Los Angeles Times file )

Jack Klugman wasn't just known for his acting ability. He loved horses and horse racing.

His death Monday in Woodland Hills at the age of 90 comes after he visited the race track several months ago, according to trainer Barry Abrams, who co-owns three horses with Klugman. They are offspring of Klugman's broodmare, Sci Fi Kin, who was sold in January.

"He just loved being at the track," Abrams said. "He comes, makes bets and sits all day. That was his life -- horses and show business."

Klugman used to own a 40-acre ranch in Temecula. 

In 1980, Jaklin Klugman, owned by Klugman, finished third in the Kentucky Derby behind Genuine Risk and Rumbo.

"The most wonderful time in the world," Klugman said in a 1997 ESPN.com interview.

[For the record, 7 a.m. Dec. 25: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Klugman died in Northridge. He died in Woodland Hills.]

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