The Manfuso name is synonymous with Maryland racing. Bob along with his brother, Tom, grew up around the tracks alongside their father, John A. Manfuso Sr., who began breeding and racing horses in Maryland in the 1930s. John helped found and was president of the HBPA. The brothers became owners and breeders themselves when they with George and Jeff Huguely formed the Fourbros partnership in Maryland and had success with the stallion Shelter Half.
Bob, himself, was elected president of the Maryland HBPA in the mid 1980s, but resigned when the Manfuso brothers, along with Frank De Francis, purchased first Laurel Race Course and then Pimlico. Bob was in charge of the racing operations. The ownership group of De Francis and the Manfusos is widely credited with bringing back both tracks and restoring the reputation of the Maryland racing industry. Manfuso remained active in the ownership and operation of Laurel and Pimlico until 1990.
Manfuso owns and operates Chanceland Farm, a 191-acre breeding and training complex with current Board member Katy Voss. Some of the best horses he has bred include graded stakes winners Wood So, Admirallus, Royal Haven, Belterra, Wiseman’s Ferry, Court Folly, Gotta Have Her and Island Bound.
Manfuso was a member of the Howard County Hospital board of directors from 2003 until 2013 and is a former vice chairman of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. He has also is served on the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) since its inception. He was a director of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (owner of Hollywood Park) from 1991 to 2002 and a former secretary/treasurer and member of the executive committee of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
Manfuso said he “will strongly encourage the Board to develop a proactive committee devoted to improving the owner experience at the racetrack and recognizing those owners racing on any particular day.”