Galluscio, Dominic FRANKLIN SQUARE Dominic Galluscio, 55, a thoroughbred race horse trainer born on October 6, 1958, died on March 17, 2014 from pancreatic cancer. He attended St. Dominic Elementary School and Germantown Central School where he graduated in the class of 1976. Dominic began his career while in Germantown Central School working at Clermont Farms under trainer Mike Hernandez before and after school. Upon graduation, he moved to Long Island where he eventually established his own professional racing stable. He had a tremendous 34-year career, winning 1,047 races and becoming one of the Top 100 horse trainers in the nation. Although known mainly as a shrewd claiming trainer, he was great with developing young horses and conditioned many to win major stakes including the Empire Classic with Organizer in 2006 and Dr. V's Magic in 2007; both bred and owned by Majesty Stud. Predeceased by his mother Dolores and father Dominic Galluscio. Survived by his daughter Dominique Galluscio. Also survived by his brothers, Robert (Denise) Galluscio, Raymond (Kate) Galluscio, Joseph Galluscio, and Gerard (Joanne) Galluscio; and sisters, Marie (Larry) Britt, and Denise (Llyod) Cote. He had many nieces and nephews, Robbie, Steven and Lynn Galluscio, Tiffany and Elise Britt, Gerard and Michelle Beebe, Grasie Mercedes, Jolee Sabella, Genna and Dominic Galluscio, and Katie Bella Galluscio. Also remembered by his dear friends Gary and Gina Gullo and Linda Rice. At the young age of 18, Dominic moved to Belmont Park where he started his colorful career and began his rise to become one of the "Top 10 Trainers" in New York for the past decade. He started by living in the dormitories and learning fluent Spanish. He became a champion for the backstretch workers and for the less privileged. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Dominic Galluscio to NYTHA through the Best Program Backstretch Employee Service Team, Belmont Park, Gate 6, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Cottage 28B, Elmont, NY 11003 Visitation, Friday, March 21, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapels, 2175 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park. Funeral service, Saturday, 11 a.m. Interment, Sunday 12 p.m. at Germantown Reformed Cemetery, Germantown.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Mar. 20, 2014