Bobby Frankel: Bethenny Frankel Father

July 7, 2010

Did you know that famed horse trainer Bobby Frankel is Bethenny Frankel’s father? I sure didn’t know that the reality TV star was the daughter of the man that could do wonders with a horse. You can learn all about Bobby below which of course includes a picture and video too.


He may have died last November but thanks to his daughter Bethenny Frankel yapping about her childhood Bobby Frankel’s legend is being revived so to speak. Bethenny has made it no secret that her relationship with her estranged dad was well strained. However there are many who consider him a legend in his field and looked up to him.

The Brooklyn born and raised Bobby developed a love of racing thanks to his parents taking him to the track as child. He later got his start in horse racing as the guy who walks horses after their run, a stable hand if you will. He got his trainer license at age 25 and quickly rose to star status in the racing world after it became clear he was the guy who could take losers and make them into winners in an amazing amount of time. Many have said it was almost as if he could sense what the animal was feeling, he was like the horse whisperer.

He is second on the list of career earners for horse trainers and was voted as top trainer in the U.S five times earning him his Eclipse Awards which is the highest honor one can receive in that field. Frankel was known for showing his emotion and having off the cuff comments in a sport where most people were tight lipped, another thing that made him stand out from the rest of the racing community.

It would seem that Frankel was a man who was very well respected in the racing world. However that respect did not come from his only child daughter Bethenny who has been vocal about her growing up at the track surrounded by alcohol and gambling. Bobby was married twice and Bethenny is from his first marriage to Bernadette.

Bobby or Robert Frankel is Bethenny Frankel’s father and perhaps not the best one in the world. What he was great at was training horses. He even ran his stables by phone once he got sick, he eventually died of cancer. Family drama aside it seems pretty clear that there was no one like Bobby in the racing world, he was a legend to many apparently just not his daughter.

Photos: Devorah

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