11/20/2002 12:00AM

Fonner Park track report

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Robert Hindman of Grand Island, Neb., a long-time owner and breeder, died of pancreatic cancer at NHS Clarkson Hospital in Omaha on Nov. 12 at the age of 64.

Hindman raced more than 120 horses alone or in partnerships under the names Long Shot Stables and Grand Island Racing Stables. Hindman moved to Grand Island in 1968 and began his career in racing in 1974 by winning with Patois, who was his first runner.

Among his more memorable horses was Masterpiece in Oil, a strong sprinter who won six straight races at Fonner Park in 1985. He also owned Ruby's Rule, who twice won the Eagles Handicap at Fonner in then track-record time.

Grassy Meadows, a winner of more than 20 races, won under Bill Shoemaker at Ak-Sar-Ben during the rider's farewell tour. As a broodmare, Grassy Meadows produced Tortfeasor, a multiple allowance winner of more than $200,000 in Kentucky.

Another producing broodmare was the stakes-placed Redecorated, who currently has runners in Nebraska and Indiana.

Hindman bred most of his horses in Kentucky and raced on circuits in Nebraska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Illinois. He employed trainers Jeff Benson, Ron Goodridge, Larry Edwards, and Wilson Brown.

He is survived by his wife Katherine; daughter Elizabeth Cronkleton of Millard, Nebraska; and sons Michael of Dallas, Texas, and John, of Los Angeles, California. His youngest son John is vice president and general counsel of TVG Network.