Trainer Angel Montano Dies In Louisville Hospital At Age 80

Longtime Kentucky-based trainer Angel Montano passed away in a hospital in Louisville on Thursday, according to the Daily Racing Form. He was 80 years old, and had been hospitalized for much of the past six months. Montano died of multiple health complications including COVID-19.

Initially an apprentice jockey when he came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1956, Montano was injured and took out his training license in 1961. Montano trained 1,390 winners over his career, and was the leading trainer at Churchill Downs’ spring meet for three straight years, 1976-1978.

“He lived a great life,” one of his seven children, Joey Montano, told drf.com. “Such a character. He loved telling jokes but wasn’t very good at it, and that was funny in itself. He loved the horses and all the people at the track and was incredibly loyal to his employees. Think about it – more than 60 years on the track.”

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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