Ontario farrier Drago Carl Grguric passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. He was 88 years old.
After emigrating from Croatia in 1959 with his family, Grguric became a well respected farrier in the Thoroughbred racing community. He shod United States and Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Northern Dancer, which won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 1964. The stallion won U.S. Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Canadian Horse of the Year that same year. Grguric also shod Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Glorious Song, which won a number of major races including the Belle Mahone Stakes, Canadian Maturity Stakes, Maple Leaf Stakes, La Canada Stakes, Santa Margarita Handicap, the Spinster Stakes and the Santa Maria Handicap. The filly won Canadian Horse of the Year in 1980. Grguric also was a show horse breeder and raced under the stable name Anvil Farms with great success.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen St. S. (Hwy. 50) in Bolton, Ontario. The Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 60 Allan Drive in Bolton. Interment will be in Assumption Cemetery in Mississauga.
Memorials may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Condolences for the family may be offered at EganFuneralHome.com.