01/07/2011 4:20PM

Timber Bay Farm owner William Entenmann dies at 79

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Timber Bay Farm owner William Entenmann III died of cancer on Jan. 1 in his hometown of Bay Shore, N.Y., according to Newsday. He was 79.

Entenmann, the grandson of the Entenmann’s bakery founder, campaigned 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller in partnership with his daughter, Denise Walsh. He also bred 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava.

Timber Bay also was a prominent longtime steeplechase owner with such runners as New York Turf Writers Steeplechase winners Yaw (1991 and 1992) and Bisbalense (1997) and Colonial Cup winner Romantic (2000). Entenmann got involved in racing in 1978 after selling the family baked-goods company to Warner-Lambert Company.

Entenmann’s son, Billy, is a trainer at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.

Entenmann also is survived by his wife, Christine; daughters Walsh and Jaime Padden; brother Charles and Robert Entenmann; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Hospice of South Shore, 14 Shore Lane, Bay Shore, N. Y. 11706.