Dominic Galluscio, who saddled more than 1,000 winners during a 34-year
career on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, died
late Monday night from pancreatic cancer. He was 55.
saddled his first winner as a trainer at Aqueduct Racetrack in 1981
with Cher Cheval and notched his 1,000th career victory at the Big A on
February 17, 2013 with Discreet Force. Galluscio, who graduated from
Germantown (N.Y.) Central School in 1976, became involved with horses
when he took a summer job at nearby Clermont Farm, then managed by
now-retired trainer Ramon "Mike" Hernandez.
came with [Mike] to Belmont Park and I've been at the track ever
since," Galluscio recalled in an interview with Michael Veitch last
February in The Saratogian.
first major stakes winner was Lord of the Night, who in 1989 took the
Toboggan, the Westchester and the Aqueduct. He also trained multiple
stakes winner Le Grande Danseur, who won the Bertram Bongard and Sleepy
Hollow in 2000; Stormy's Majesty, who in 2010 won the Discovery and
Albany; and Raffie's Treasure, winner of the New York Stallion Series
Statue of Liberty division in 2008.
2006 and 2007, he trained brothers Organizer and Dr. V's Magic - both
by Raffie's Majesty out of the Summer Squall mare Treasure Always - to
back-to-back victories in the Empire Classic at Belmont Park.
For his career, Galluscio trained 1,047 winners, and his horses amassed total purse earnings of $31.3 million.
who was easy to pick out in the winners' circle thanks to his brightly
colored sports jackets, was fondly remembered by fellow trainers Tuesday
morning as news of his passing spread at Belmont Park.
thing about Dominic is that not only was he a colorful character and a
great horseman, he was a highly intelligent man who always wanted to
improve the backstretch, improve racing, and improve the sport," said
trainer Rick Schosberg. "We lost a great man."
was a great friend and a great horseman," said trainer Bobby Barbara.
"A real gentlemen. I've known him for thirty years and I know everyone
will miss him."
is survived by a daughter, Dominique Marie Galluscio, brothers Robert,
Raymond, Joseph and Gerard, sisters Marie Britt and Denise Cote, and
many nieces and nephews.
will be at Park Funeral Chapel, 2175 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City
Park, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 21, with religious services
offered Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the First Reformed Church
in Germantown, N.Y. on Sunday.
lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Dominic Galluscio
to the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) at Belmont Park,
2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Cottage 28B, Elmont, N.Y. 11003