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“Sam. Missing you dearly. WeHave a loss of your grandson now. I know he will be with you. And you will take care of him in the afterlife. You boys...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Barry - Pocono lake, PA

“Sam. Missing you dearly. WeHave a loss of your grandson now. I know he will be with you. And you will take care of him in the afterlife. You boys...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Barry - Pocono lake - Family

“I had the opportunity to work with Sam in the racing office during the 2010 summer meet at Monmouth Park. He taught me so much more than I ever knew...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Devin Cousins - St. Augustine, FL

“I met Sam during the 2013 season at Hialeah when he hired me to be the track veterinarian. It turned out that his sister and her husband had been...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Julie Cornell DVM - Bennington, VT

“there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about sam. some with a smile, others with tears. I know he would much prefer the smiles than the...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Stacy O'Neill - friend

“I just met Sam Abby in December looking for a stall for my lead pony. I usually go to Gulfstream, but with Calder charging for stalls, Gulfstream was...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Tara Reffner - north bay vilage, FL

January 15, 2012 at Hialeah for the Perseverance Stakes race. Heather & Sambo “I am sickened by this tragedy - Sambo was such a wonderful man, kind and larger than life. I always wished that I could have spent more time with...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Heather Abbey-Swope - Decatur, AR

“Dear Cheryl All of us here from Buck's Tavern would like to express our sympathy to you and your family. We had the pleasure of getting to know Sam...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Katie D Morris - peach bottom, PA

“So very sorry for the loss of Sam. He was a genuine caring man. My prayers to the family and especially his grandkids. Your grandfather truly...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Lori Miller - RisingSun, MD

Hialeah 2010-2011 “We will miss you, Sam. Thank you for your friendship and ability to make me laugh when times are tough - because of that, you've given me a thicker...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Oscar & Toni - New Market, MD

“Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to Cheryl and all of Sam's family. We have only been neighbors for a short time but, in that short time...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Brad, Sherry & Ericka O'Brien - MD

“Justin, Jenn and Family, May you find comfort and strength knowing that you are in hearts and thoughts of those who love you. Sorry for your loss....Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Donna Saglimbeni - Vineland, NJ

“I mirror Ross's comments. No matter how late we stayed out in AC or at Delaware, he would look at you and say Cheryl's waiting for me. You either got...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Ronald L. Voss, III - FL - Friend

“Sam was such a dynamic and wonderful person. He was a true and dear friend. I have such great memories of him that I will hold in my heart forever....Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Eamon Daly - Berlin, NJ - Friend

“Sams smile and memories will live on forever..We send our love and thoughts to Cheryl, Justin, Jason and Ginny and all the grandkids...Even though...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Tracy and Mike Lakow - Boca Raton, FL

“Big Daddy, You're above us now like you always have been. I will miss you forever as a best friend. And will never forget you, your smirk, and your...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Barry - Blakeslee, PA

“I had the privilege of working one season at Hialeah Park with Sam. He treated me respectfully. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: John Hernandez - Slater, IA

“Dear Cheryl and kids, I am so sorry for the loss of Sam; he was one of my best friends, and I loved him dearly! I will miss him forever, as I know...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Ross Pearce

“My deepest sympathies, Cheryl. I am praying for you and your family at this extremely difficult time. Words cannot ease your pain, but please know...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Kate Griggel - Williamstown, NJ

“I knew Sam for many years and as I rode at Delaware and AC he helped me and was in my corner in many instances... Sam was one of the good guys for...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: John DAgusto - Fair Hill, MD

“Im sorry to learn of your lose. Its never easy as Im sitting here writing this my father just passed tonight---my heart sinks.for you and your family...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Lee Gott - Buffalo, MO - freind

“Having known and been close friends with Sam for 48 of my 64 years, I offer sympathy to his wonderful family at this untimely departure. Sam had a...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: DENNIS AND REBECCA JUSTIN - NV

“We send our deepest condolences. Sam was always very good to us in the Racing industry and will be sorely missed. We are praying for you all. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Steve and Shanon Epley - Elkton, MD

“Dearest Cheryl and Family, Although my heart is heavy, it is also light, filled with the humor, love and warmth of who Sam was. He was quite a guy....Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: christy salo - willits, CA

“Cheryl, my deepest condolences to you and the rest of the family. Sam will be deeply missed at Hialeah Park and in our hearts forever he was a great...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Sylvia Martinez - Hialeah, FL

“So sorry to hear of Sam's passing..Prayers to the family. ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Jack and Terry Houghton - FL

“Our condolenses to SAMs family and friends! We love you Sam, may you rest in peace! ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Brett and Luann - Inola, OK

“Cheryl, So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Reading his memorial, he must have been a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Rick Flounders - BROOMALL, PA

“Rest in peace, Sambo.Z ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Paula Ray Crowsey - Pilot Point, TX

Sam Abbey, aged 65, of North East, MD, and Hialeah, FL, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in Hialeah, FL.
He was born on August 14, 1947 in Denton, TX to Hazel Belcher Abbey and the late Donald Sam Abbey. Sam was devoted to the horse racing industry and had a career that spanned over 43 years. Over his career he was the Director of Racing at Delaware Park, Atlantic City Race Track, and the Fair Grounds in New Orleans and spent the last 23 years at Hialeah Park Race Track.
Sam loved playing golf, camping in the mountains, gardening and working on his farm. What he loved most were the people in his life and being with his family and friends, who will all miss him dearly.
Sam is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cheryl (Peterson) Abbey of North East, MD; mother, Hazel (Belcher) Abbey of Pilot Point, TX; sons, Jason Abbey and wife Jeannie of Rising Sun, MD and Justin Abbey and wife Karin of Elmer, NJ; daughter, Jennifer Hamer of North East, MD; grandchildren, Jacob, Josh, Ian, Kieran, Mia, Severin, Liam, and Trey; brother, Joe Abbey of Pilot Point, TX; and sister, Susan Pasquini of Grenada.
He was preceaded in death by his father, Donald and sister, Cathy Morrissey.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, February 25, 2013 at Hialeah Park Race Track, 2200 East 4th Avenue, Hialeah, FL 33010 in the 3rd floor clubhouse. There will also be another Memorial Service held at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 4, 2013 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911. Friends and family may visit two hours prior beginning at 12 noon. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family.