Monty Ohlemacher Dies

The longtime California-based jockey agent was 67.

Edited press release

Longtime jockey agent and horseman Monty Ohlemacher died on January 17. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Monty "Ohly" Ohlemacher, one of the most successful Quarter Horse jockey agents in Los Alamitos Race Course history, died on January 17 from a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He was 67.

Born on February 6, 1950, Ohlemacher was a top agent for 30 years, as he managed the books for such leading riders as Eddie Garcia, Cody Jensen and Ramon Sanchez. He also worked with major stakes winning riders Carlos Aguilar, Carlos Bautista and Tony Guymon. As a trainer, Ohlemacher won 171 Quarter Horse races, including one stakes, at Los Alamitos, and he also served as a mutuel teller for many years at the track.

“His life was the racetrack,” said his wife, Nancy Ohlemacher. “He had the same type of cancer that Steve Jobs had. Not too many people knew that he was sick. Monty was quiet and private. He was always the type that would sit back and listen. He was a deep, good hearted person and didn’t have a mean bone in his body. Even when he was in bed resting this past week, we had the horse races on for him on TV.”

Monty and Nancy met at Los Alamitos Racecourse 48 years ago.

“My family lived across the street from the track and we used to go to the races," Nancy recalled. "I met Monty at Los Alamitos in the summer of 1969. We were boyfriend and girlfriend until the summer of 1973 and then went our separate ways. We made a full circle 25 years later and we were together ever since. We used to go the Vessels Club and would meet Paul and Marin Jones quite often. Monty just loved the track.”

Ohlemacher and Eddie Garcia formed a formidable jockey/agent team at Los Alamitos in the 1990s, more than a decade before Garcia became this track’s all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey in wins and stakes wins.

“I was coming back from a broken collarbone and needed an agent and I had heard that Ohly did not have a jockey at the time,” said Garcia. “We started working together and I am still thankful to this day that we became a team. Ohly helped me so much. He was such an intelligent agent. He got along great with people and he was such a good, honest man. If I had a tough night riding, he would just tell me, ‘Don’t worry about it buddy. We’ll get them tomorrow.’

"He kept my spirits up so many times," Garcia added. "He understood me so well and he was like my coach. I was a very aggressive jockey, but he helped me stay focus and get better as a rider. He took good care of me. This can be a stressful job, but Ohly never failed me. We worked together for 7-8 years and we won many titles and big races. He helped me get so many good horses. He was a great man. I respect him and his whole family a great deal.”

Nancy Ohlemacher will remember her husband being at her side during her own battle with cancer.

“I’m a breast cancer survivor and Monty was there for me every step of the way,” she said. “He was a great person. His cancer was very rare, but he did chemotherapy so that we could have more time together.”

Monty Ohlemacher is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his mother, Jean; his son, Kenneth, and stepdaughter, Taryn; and two granddaughters. No services are planned at this time.

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