‘Bard of racing’ M. A. M. Ramaswamy passes away

The 84-year-old business tycoon, a dominating figure in the world of horse racing, was admitted to a city hospital last month with multiple health problems. His condition was reported to be critical. He passed away at 4.30 pm on Wednesday.

M. A. M. Ramaswamy being felicitated by Karnataka Race Horse Owners Association for winning 500 Classics, in 2008   -  Bhagya Prakash K.

A great sadness clouds over the horseracing industry with the news of M. A. M. Ramaswamy’s passing. A multi-faceted personality, he was often referred to as the 'Bard' of racing. The 84-year-old business tycoon was admitted to a city hospital last month with multiple health problems. His condition was reported to be critical. He passed away at 4.30 pm on Wednesday.

MAM was a dominating figure in the world of horse racing and his achievement of 600 classics would be the highpoint of his racing greatness. He will be remembered as a true champion, the winner of thousands of races.

He was the owner every jockey wanted to ride for, every trainer wanted to school and every punter chose to bet on. Despite his huge business interests, there was nothing more compelling in his life than racing. He spent a huge amount of time at his Chettinad Stud Farm and old timers would vouch for his presence at the track trials at the break of dawn.

His list of winners included some truly remarkable champions — Star Haven, Air Hostess, Half A Crown, Red Satin, Own Opinion, Exhilaration, Oxford Blue, Star Contender, Star Performer, Smart Chieftan, Southern Empire, Mystical, etc.

Race day will not be the same without him.