Hall Of Fame Trainer Jack Van Berg Dies

Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, who trained 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba, died Wednesday morning, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. He was 81.

Van Berg, who had been hospitalized at Baptist Medical Center in Hot Springs, Ark., had been battling cancer, the BloodHorse reports.

Van Berg, who was originally from Nebraska, trained 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Alysheba. The talented colt was champion 3-year-old male that season, and went on to earn Horse of the Year and champion older male honors in 1988.

Van Berg also trained Gate Dancer, winner of the 1984 Preakness.

Van Berg was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1985. His father, Marion, was inducted in 1970.

Earlier this year, Van Berg was the Dawn at Oaklawn guest with Nancy Holthus, recounting some of the highlights of his career.


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