I remember crabbing on the Wye river a few times with Ronnie and my son. Sorry to
hear of his death. RIP Ronnie. Condolences to his family.
I can say I knew him when he
first came on the track, before he ever sat on a horse. I always thought it was not a good idea to place such a young, inexperienced
child amongst us hardened race trackers. We all tried to help him as much as he would allow. He was a kid and had all the
answers, as all kids do. He did finally grow up, after he left the track, and I've read some very nice articles about him
and was happy to see that he found his place on this earth. And now, he is in his ultimate home, where peace and understanding
abound. RIP, Ronnie.
Death is sad enough, let alone
passing at a fairly young age. The Bid will always be remembered as a great one in my book of who's who. I will think of Ronnie
when I call on memories of the gray. Lung cancer is vicious. I hope he is at peace now. My sincere condolences to Ron's family
man o' war
I think The Bid is one of the
top 5 greatest horses, at least in my opinion. As for lung cancer, yes, I knew a lady who had it and her end was absolutely
horrid. I hope no one goes through what that nice elderly lady went through. Ron did good on Bid but I always had wished both
Bid and if I can interject, Easy Goer had different jockeys. But, now he's met up with his great grey horse and galloping
the greener pastures!
Very sad; much too young. Some
of the interviews from 1979 (youtube) are painful to watch. This kid had a target on his back, and didn't seem to know how
to handle it. I wonder if Cauthen hadn't gotten it done in '78 if the owners of Bid would have stuck with Franklin they way
they did. Some of his rides (The Florida Derby in particular - The Belmont aside, were pretty bad). In any case, much too
The Florida Derby is the race
that proves Bid’s greatness; any other horse wouldn’t have recovered from that horrible ride
RIP, Franklin. Forever reunited
with the Bid.
I find it ironic that a lot of
us have been discussing Spectacular Bid and Franklin on another thread today, and I come back to my desk and see the news
of his passing. Rest in Peace, Ronny. You were blessed to be on one of the best.
very sad; RIP
Oh, my, that's so sad to hear,
58 is far too young.
Jockeys have a really tough time, health-wise. So many of them resort to unhealthy
ways of keeping their weight down, and the constant focus on weight is psychologically hard. Because of the many falls they
take during their careers, the rate of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is as high or higher for jockeys as it is for
pro football players. And they all know every time they enter the starting gate, they could have a fall that leaves them paralyzed
Most of them face financial stresses, too, because of the ups and downs of the career
and problems with injuries.
I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Franklin's passing, his life cut short. I hope his soul
is at peace. I'm sure his family is grieving his loss, and I hope they find peace too. My heart goes out to them.
I know what the saddle cloth
says, but that doesn't look like the Spectacular Bid that I remember. Not even a hint of gray. Franklin rode the worst race
I've ever seen in my life in a major race in that Belmont and caused a giant of a horse to miss out on history. It must have
haunted him for life. I don't remember seeing him ride again after that Belmont, but it's been a long time and obviously he
did. Rest in peace.
Was very sorry to hear about
Ronnie, so young, relatively. And had no idea he was in poor health, last heard he was working with horses at a training center
in Louisiana. Rest In Peace, Ronnie, we will always remember the Glory Days ...
Such a path of battle to run
against and beat ~ it is an odd, however sad relief to know that he finally found his peace; took his mount upon the Spectacular
Bid, reins in hand and rides home in a final win of glory ~
Rest well Ronnie;
breathe deep, the air of comfort and the breeze of memories cover all those that loved and held you dear to heart:(
My condolences to his family
and friends. His rides on Bid were life altering I am sure.
Rest in Peace.
Laura Fleischer Coronado
Condolences to his family and
Deepest sympathy to his family,
friends and loved ones. May you all find comfort that his pain and suffering is no more.
Condolences to Ronnie Franklin's
loved ones and may he find peace.
Troubled but talented guy. Deep
down really was a good guy.
Brudder_A Steve McPherson
Not the only jockey
who has had issues....
Lomita Momcat Brudder_A
Many of the problems
jockeys have parallel the problems pro football players have, and for the same reason: chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
I remember Johnny Longden and Bill Shoemaker both had alcohol problems, and I remember that Johnny
Loftus, Man O' War's jockey, had some issues too after he retired.
a jockey is a tough job. Really hard on the body.