SHAFTER, Calif. -- A funeral mass was celebrated Monday for Joe O'Brien, who won more than 4,000 races and more than $20 million during a harness racing career that spanned 35 years.
O'Brien, 67, died Saturday at his harness racing farm, stable and training track after a long battle with cancer.
O'Brien's remains were cremated, said his widow, Eileen.
O'Brien won 4,285 races and $20.4 million during his career. He twice won the Hambletonian Classic for 3-year-old trotters, with Scott Frost in 1955 and Blaze Hanover in 1960.
He had operated the farm stable and training track in Shafter for nearly 25 years.
O'Brien is survived by his widow and two stepsons, Stanley and Channing Bayleff.