Frank "Buddy" Abadie
"Buddy" Abadie, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, was born in 1921 and died in 2002. He spent the majority of his life devoted to horse racing. After spending time around circuits outside Louisiana, he returned home in 1968 and became director of the fledgling Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. His charges involved creating record systems, establishing a summer office in Lafayette, forming a trade publication and fighting legislative battles. “Sixty Rayburn and Jack Lohman were huge helps, of course,” Abadie told Louisiana Horse in 1997, “but every piece of legislation there was, between 1969 and 1982, I either thought it up, or went to Baton Rouge to defend it.” Abadie spent 17 years with the LTBA as secretary-treasurer, then went on to a career as state steward from 1985-95. “I’ve seen racing from all sides,” Abadie said. “I’ve been one of the blessed people.” He was inducted into the Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame in 2000.