Body discovered in Fla. canal is Tammaro Jr.'s

April 11, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Former Maryland trainer John Tammaro Jr., missing since Feb. 25, has been found dead in a South Florida canal.

Tammaro's body and Mercedes were discovered by a diver in an east-west canal in Miramar Monday. He had been seen driving the vehicle when he left Gulfstream Park, approximately 15 miles to the east.

The Broward County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled out foul play.

"All along, we were afraid of foul play," the trainer's son, John Tammaro III, told Bloodhorse.com. "So I'm relieved about that. But finding the body hasn't given me the closure I thought it would."

Tammaro, 75, had been in ill health before his disappearance and was three weeks removed from liver surgery, Bloodhorse.com reported.

Tammaro, a Baltimore native who began in racing as a jockey, was a leading trainer in Maryland in the 1960s and 1970s. He trained Eclipse Award winner Deputy Minister.

Tammaro III, a fourth-generation horseman, trains horses at Bowie and runs them on the East Coast, including Maryland.

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