Frank Alexander, 82, Trainer Of Champion Cherokee Run, Passes

Frank A. Alexander, whose Thoroughbred training career spanned five decades, died on Friday in South Florida at the age of 82.

Mr. Alexander won 997 races from 1970 until his retirement in 2012, the biggest coming in the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Cherokee Run, who would be voted an Eclipse Award as the year’s outstanding sprinter. Cherokee Run, who won five other stakes and finished second to Prairie Bayou in the 1993 Preakness, went on to a highly successful stud career at Darley at Jonabell in Lexington, Ky.

He trained 73 other stakes winners during his career, including Grade 1 winners K.J.’s Appeal, Wallenda, Nonsuch Bay and Lucky Roberto. Mr. Alexander enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the late Cot Campbell of Dogwood Stable, for whom he trained Wallenda, winner of the 1993 G1 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Other prominent owners Mr. Alexander trained for included Barry Schwartz, J. Mack Robinson and David Reynolds.

Born Oct. 18, 1937, in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., Mr. Alexander was based in New York for most of his career, wintering in South Florida. He retired to Hollywood Beach, Fla., in 2012, telling Daily Racing Form’s David Grening “I don’t have any stock. It’s getting harder and harder to get clients. You feel like a mom and pop operation between Lowe’s and Home Depot.”

Mr. Alexander is survived by his wife, Linda.

Additional information, including funeral arrangements, will be added to this article when it becomes available.


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