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John Nerud: Horseman who trained in Ocala dies at 102

John Nerud: Horseman who trained in Ocala dies at 102

John Nerud, a thoroughbred racing pioneer who trained the great Dr. Fager and helped create the Breeders' Cup, died Thursday from heart failure. He was 102. The National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame issued a statement that said his daughter-in-law, Debra Nerud, confirmed Nerud died at his home in Old Brookville, N.Y. During his 44-year training career mostly for Tartan Farms in Ocala, Nerud won more than 1,000 races. His top horse was Dr. Fager, the first to win four championships in one year. In 1968, Dr. Fager was champion top sprinter, turf horse and handicap horse and chosen Horse of the Year. He won 18 of 22 career races. Among other champions he trained were Delegate...

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