Daniel Gernatt Sr., who established the Standardbred breeding operation which carried his name, passed away earlier this week after a brief illness. He was 97.
Among the better known horses associated with the Collins, New York based farm was the stallion Texas, sire of former Canadian Horse of the Year Grades Singing.
The farm also bred and owned Amanda T Collins, a daughter of Texas, who produced the winners of well over $1.4 million (Vernon Blue Chip, Tolstoy Blue Chip, etc.).
His obituary in the Buffalo News reads: "Mr. Gernatt had a special love for horses. Anywhere in New York State and throughout the United States harness-racing fans knew the name of “Collins,” representing the locale where the family lived.
Dan Gernatt Farms was the home of several hundred world-class horses that carried the last name of “Collins.” He was proud of his horses and took great pride in their record achievement and breeding.
Throughout three decades, the couple established themselves in horse breeding and harness racing, selling more than 1,000 Standardbred horses. In 1983, the couple owned nearly 250 horses."
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Dan Gernatt Obituary