Dennis Crane (San Clemente, CA ) September 7, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 09:04 PM

Just an update. My niece's father, Roger Hammer won the $1.5 million Hambletonian driving just the way dad would have wanted. He would be very proud! Dad loved to see a horse come from behind down the stretch.

Christopher Zazo (zazo<at>
Sunday, February 5, 2006, 03:23 PM
Please continue this wonderful tribute to your dad. I have it bookmarked and visit the web page often. Please continue to update it with new pictures. I worked for Jim Crane in 1979 and 1980 before I went to college. While working for Jim Crane, he gave me the opportunity to drive Jef’s Eternity in a matinee race. I eventually owned Jordache during the middle of his three-year-old season. I have great memories of having dinner with Gentleman Jim Crane many, many times at his home in Aiken, SC. Jim Crane was a mentor and a great friend to me. To this day, I still use and speak about many of the things that he taught me. I really do miss him and, Lord willing, I will see him again one day.

With great memories,
Christopher Zazo

Kathleen Myers (Plano, TX ) July 19, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 09:03 PM

I love your family and all the photos! It reminds me so much of my own that I feel as though I am a part of your family. I was truly sorry to realize that Jim had passed on! He was a very special person.

Mike Funicello (Toluca Lake, CA ) July 14, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 09:02 PM

I was a huge fan of Jim Crane when I was young. I remember the thrills I got from watching Judge, Hobby Horse Lupe and others race at
Hollywood Park.My sister Annette knew Him and was saddened to learn of his passing.I will always remember the thrills I got from those nights.By the way, Dana Lobell was my favorite horse of all time.

Joseph Gonnelli (Mt Laurel, NJ ) May 10, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 09:01 PM

I remember many summer nights at Brandywine, sitting in the reserved seat section, watching those big windows raised towards the midddle of the evening after the sun went down. I recall seeing Green Kash win a few weeks in a row, blasting down the stretch to win....he was a great finisher. I recall Mr. Crane's guests sitting in the box seats just in front of where my Dad and I were. I recall seeing Nero, Royce.... all his great horses. Aching as I watched Judge jump....remember how Roy Shudt used to say " come da Judge..." Wonderful memories. He must have been a wonderful man. I am a great fan and sad to hear the news.

Barbara Crane (Memphis, TN ) March 30, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 08:59 PM

Oh, it makes me so sad to see that the last of the "Crane Boys" is gone. They were the best looking men in Missouri and all big teases and fun loving. It says a lot that even though I have not seen Uncle Jim in over 35 years, I have such good memories of him and my cousins. My dad, Rex, loved him dearly and always teased him about being the baby and being the one Grandma Crane loved the best. He would just laughingly agree. Dad was so proud of his racing and had copies of the "Sports Illustrated" that featured his famous horse. They truly were the last of "the greatest generation" of men, as Tom Brokaw called our WWII generation.

My dear Jim Crane cousins, I know you miss him so much. My heart is with you. You carry on his legacy. I am sure you've done him proud.

Love you all!!

Rex Crane (Orlando, FL ) March 28, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 08:56 PM

Only in reading this guest book have I noticed the sad news. My Uncle Jim was a great man. I've been watching his website for some time and enjoyed seeing the many pictures. I only wish I could have known him better. My father loved him very much. My prayers are with all of you.

Mark Rocovich (livonia, MI ) March 11, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 08:54 PM

I was fortunate enough to see some of the best performers in your stable in the 1970's..HTA,Tremor,Majestic Skipper,Valerian,and of course,Nero. So,in kind of a back-handed tribute to both Jim and Dennis, I modeled my colors after theirs. I try to get the Red-Gray&White to the winners circle at lest once a year!!Thanks for more memories than I can count..m.r.

Donna Fitzgerald (Salisbusy, MD ) January 31, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 08:52 PM

Jim Crane was a man amoung men who stood tall and strong and fought for what he believed in. He taught us kids integrity, honesty, goodness, morals, and many other attributes im proud to have been tought. But mostly he taught us what "LOVE" is....and we always knew he loved us as we did and still do, love him.

God loves you daddy and so do we, your daughter Donna and son RL

Dennis Crane (San Clemente, CA ) January 24, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 08:51 PM

He was the "Best Man I Ever Knew" and is in a much better place now "Walking with the Lord"

I Love You Dad

Joe & Bev Roszin (Laurel, DE) January 23, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 08:47 PM

We can't be there to grieve for you in body but we are there in spirit. We are comforted by the knowledge that you're now in the presence of our Saviour. Peace.

Pat & Bill Gibney (Pawleys Island, SC ) January 22, 2005 
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 08:45 PM

To a nice guy who always had a smile and a pleasant story for his neighbors. May he rest in peace.