James Glenn Sr. Dies

The longtime horseman was 78.

Los Alamitos Racecourse

Longtime west coast horseman James Glenn Jr. died on Wednesday. He was 78.

James Glenn, Sr., a highly respected horsemen and the father of current Los Alamitos trainer James Glenn, Jr., died on Wednesday in Buckeye, Arizona. He was 78.

Glenn passed away after a long and courageous battle with several illnesses that included congestive heart failure.

 “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. He 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 1990-2001, he won 81 races from 597 starter, and his top horses during that period 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 won the 1991 PCQHRA Handicap at Pleasanton, California, with Desert Connection.

Glenn Sr. also 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. said. “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.”

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. said.

A memorial service for Glenn, Sr. will be held on Friday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Church of Christ in Yoncalla, Oregon.

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