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Trainer Lynn Whiting, a fixture at Oaklawn, passes away

Lynn Whiting (courtesy Oaklawn Park)

Trainer Lynn Whiting, a fixture at Oaklawn for more than 50 years, died this morning at his home in Louisville, Kentucky, according to Oaklawn spokesperson Jennifer Hoyt.

Whiting, 77, trained for Oaklawn President Charles Cella. He won the 2013 Razorback and Oaklawn Handicaps with Cyber Secret. He is best known for winning the 1992 Kentucky Derby with Lil E Tee, a colt who hit the board in both the Southwest Stakes and Arkansas Derby prior to his win in the Run for the Roses.

Whiting has been training since 1968 and earned his first win in 1969 at Lincoln Downs in Rhode Island. He learned the business from his father, Lyle, who was a jockey and trainer in the 1920's. He quietly piled up wins on his circuit of Oaklawn and Churchill Downs, where he became the 10th trainer to saddle 300 winners.

Overall, he won 1,279 races in his career and his horses earned nearly $24 million.

No cause of death was released, however he had recently undergone physical therapy for a stroke, according to the Daily Racing Form's Marty McGee. It kept him hospitalized for six weeks.

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