06/26/2014 11:05AM

Canadian trainer Dumas dies at age 74

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Successful Canadian trainer Jacques Dumas died Wednesday from natural causes at age 74.

Dumas, a Montreal native, trained a host of top horses in the 1970s and 1980s for prominent owner Jean-Louis Levesque, including Giboulee, Fanfreluche, and Le Danseur. Giboulee finished seventh in the 1977 Kentucky Derby after ending up second to Seattle Slew in the Grade 1 Flamingo Stakes. Dumas also conditioned 1980 Canadian champion 3-year-old Ben Fab, who won the Breeders’ Stakes, and 1980 Canadian Oaks winner Par Excellance.

Dumas’s son, Jean-Marc, has arranged for a memorial service to be held at noon Eastern on July 8 in the recreation room on the Woodbine backstretch.

Ashley Renck More than 1 year ago
Very sad to hear about Jacques' passing. He was a great horseman and more importantly a great human being. He always treated everyone with the utmost respect no matter who they were. He was a truly gentle man who will be missed. I worked for him for several years as a young man, and I will cherish the many memories with him. Rest in Peace Boss!
walesfoodmusic More than 1 year ago
Jacques trained several Canadian Champions with a quiet elan and without any rancour or cynicism .
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
R.I.P. Jacques...a good guy who deserved better. But, unfortunately, racetracks around North America are cruel places populated by greedy, insensitive people who forget far too quickly. Quel dommage!