Racing executive and former Sam Houston President Robert Bork passed away peacefully at his home in Houston June 11 at the age of 83.
Bork began his career in racing as a controller at Philadelphia Park. He became vice president and general manager of that venue and general manager of Garden State Park in New Jersey. He followed that as vice president, general manager and chief operating officer of Arlington International. Bork was hired as Sam Houston’s senior vice president and general manager and was later promoted to president. He also served as director and secretary of the Thoroughbred Racing Association and chaired its 2020 Technology Committee.
Bork is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith Bork; children Dina Ruggerio, Dan Bork and Michael Bork and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Bork, Jr; brother William Bork and sisters Janet and Karen. Funeral arrangements are pending and a Celebration of Life honoring Bork will be held at Sam Houston Race Park in the near future.