One of the most celebrated figures in horse racing history who is not an equine has died. John Nerud died at the impressive age of 102.
He is remembered for a number of achievements. First of all, he was the trainer of one of the most famous horses in American racing history, Dr. Fager, a horse who has for many years held the record for the mile on dirt. At one time it was the record for any surface. Nerud is also remembered for being a co-founder of the Breeders' Cup Championships.
Nerud also trained famous racehorse Gallant Man and was also a owner and breeder. One of his horses, Cozzene, was a Breeders' Cup champion.
The article notes he also owned Fappiano, a horse who is seen in numerous pedigrees of modern racehorses.
The cause of death was heart failure.
Dr. Fager and Damascus: