In the early evening hours of Saturday May 3, 2014, our beloved father passed away peacefully at Johns Hopkins University Hospital with his loved ones by his side.
For 18 years, he was married to Alice Keefe, who survives him. He was a devoted and loving father of three children, Patrick (wife Vandy), Timothy (wife Rumsey), and Brian (wife Debbie) and proud grandfather of 12 beautiful children, Michael, Emily, Kayla and Joshua; Ryan, Colby, Liam and Carlin; Benjamin, Hannah, Megan and Sarah. Also survived by sister Eileen Bonhag, father-in-Law Allen J. English, sisters-in-law Diane Keefe, Betty Alexander and Nancy English and brothers-in-law Charlie Alexander and Joe English, as well as many devoted friends. Younger brother Thomas Keefe and son Robert Keefe, Jr., both preceded Robert in death.
The family will receive friends to celebrate Bob’s Life on Thursday May 8, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. (visitation) at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, 9601 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, followed by a Mass beginning at 11 a.m. Burial ceremony will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the following organizations.
When the expected competition failed to show up, Sylvia Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch had it his own way once again as he galloped to victory in the $100,000 Broad Brush Stakes.
This was the tenth stakes win for the Tim Keefe trainee and his third stakes victory in a row at Laurel Park after taking the Maryland Million Classic and the Jennings Handicap this fall.
Under Forest Boyce, Eighttofasttocatch broke alertly from his outside post, then rated off of frontrunner Warrioroftheroses until neither he nor Boyce could wait no more. They pressed to the fore at the at the quarter pole and pulled away to win by two lengths. A.P. Cino took second and Gourmet Dinner finished third.
The winner covered the 1-1/8th mile distance in 1:53.01 and paid $3.40.
The expected competition, Lucy’s Big Boy, Ponzi Scheme and Fred High, were just not heard from today.
“There were a couple of horses in there today that had a lot of speed, so we knew that they would try him early today,” said Boyce. “His best races, yes they have been when he is in front, but at some point you know they’re coming after him. I just keep him happy and try not to let him get too aggressive. He was very settled today and he ran extremely fast the last 3/8ths. I don’t think he’s a one dimensional horse. Sometimes the best game plan is to not have a game plan at all.”
“We worked on simulating the race with other horses in the morning in case he had to race outside,” said Keefe. “Peter Brown-Whale, his exercise rider, didn’t really have to ask him to go. He is such a smart horse, he knew just what to do. The fractions were a little slower than we expected. He is really right now. The race set up as we expected and he relaxed just off the pace. When Forest asked him to go, he was ready.”
LAUREL, MD. 11-16-13---Sylvia Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch bounded to the lead a few strides out of the gate and was in complete control the rest of the way as he drove to victory in the $100,000 Jennings Handicap for registered Maryland-breds.
This was the third year in a row that the Tim Keefe trainee had won the Jennings, matching Little Bold John (1987-88-89) for that honor. Forest Boyce was in the irons as the son of Not For Love completed the one mile distance in 1:36.76 and won by six lengths. Wild Louis took second and Concealed Identity finished third.
“He broke a little slow today but he was much the best,” said Boyce. “Tim always has him ready for me. I get to just hang on and enjoy the ride.”
“I don’t want to sound overconfident but it was a nice race,” said Keefe.”He’s very good right now. I’m most proud that he’s maintaining at this level. He has no problem with a mile and a mile and an eighth. I’m flattered that he’s mentioned in the same sentence with Little Bold John.”
“He’s done a heck of a job,” said Arnold Heft, who is married to the owner. “This guy has won close to a million. He’s making me feel young. This horse is not for sale.”
This was the ninth career stakes win for the 7-year old. He won the Maryland Million Classic in his previous start and in April captured the Henry S Clark Stakes at Pimlico. Today he paid $3.60.
LAUREL, MD. 10-19-13---Sylvia E. Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch led from start to finish and won the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic for the second time in the past three years. Last year the son of Not For Love finished a fifth in the Classic as the betting favorite but this year things were completely different.
The Maryland Million is the one of the most important racing days at Laurel Park with 11 events for runners sired by Maryland-based stallions for combined purses totaling $1 million. The 28th annual event drew a crowd of 18,036 on a cool, crisp Saturday afternoon in central Maryland.
Garrison Forest High School graduate Forest Boyce sent the 7-year old to the lead from his advantageous rail position and was able to nurse him around on the lead in 1:50.42 for the 1-1/8th mile distance. Eighttofasttocatch won under a drive by 3-1/4 lengths over Romancing the Gold, with Wild Louis taking third.
“It worked out great. We got away well,” Boyce said. “I thought someone might try us early, soften us up but it didn’t happen. My whole family is from here. My ninety year old grandmother came out today, which was really cool.”
Eighttofasttocatch is 2-for-6 this year, which includes a score in the Henry Clark Stakes and a gutsy second in the Pimlico Special (G3) on Preakness weekend. The 7-year-old now has seven career stakes victories at Laurel Park and has earned $794,585.
“I was very comfortable with where I had him coming into this race, but my concern was that I was comfortable last year and it didn’t go quite as well,” said winning trainer Tim Keefe. “I didn’t think I needed a prep for this race because we all felt that he was right. I guess my only concern now is that he is seven and we may only have him for another year or two. He will be hard to replace in our barn.”
The winner paid $2.60 as the popular favorite.
“I guess winning feels like I was pitching in the World Series,” said Arnold Heft, the husband of the winning owner. “The only thing bad is, I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow. My wife is not well. I’m just sorry she’s not here. She was here the last time. Racing keeps me going right now. When Eighttofasttocatch runs his race, he won’t get beat.”