Posted: Jan. 12, 2018
Carl Kloentrup, who has background in building and maintaining racing surfaces, began a new job as track superintendent at Delaware Park Jan. 2, the track said in a release.
Kloentrup started working in horse racing as a groom and exercise rider for his uncle, Howard “Fatty” Redman, in 1956, and also assisted his father, Hugh Kloentrup, President of the Northern Kentucky Asphalt Company, which specialized in road construction, road resurfacing and racetrack surface building.
After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 1970, he started working at Latonia Race Course—now Turfway Park—old Miles Park in Louisville, Ky., and at Kentucky-area training centers, where he built, rebuilt or maintained surfaces. Kloentrup has served in numerous capacities at tracks including Colonial Downs, River Downs, Turfway, Kentucky Downs, Blue Grass Downs, Churchill Downs and Keeneland.
Kloentrup was also a trainer and owner, and drove Standardbreds at tracks in Kentucky and Ohio.
“I am very pleased to announce on behalf of Delaware Park that Carl Kloentrup has accepted the position as track superintendent,” said John Mooney, Executive Director of Racing at Delaware Park. “Carl is well thought of in the industry. He has been around the sport all of his life and he has a solid reputation.
“The entire staff is excited and looks forward to supporting him in his new role at Delaware Park.”
(Delaware Park photo by Tom LaMarra)