02/10/2015 11:13AM

Daniel Doocy, former Prairie racing official, dead at 51


ALTOONA, Iowa--Daniel J. Doocy, who served as thoroughbred racing secretary at Prairie Meadows from 2003-2011, died Monday night in a hospital in Omaha from complications with his liver and kidneys.

Doocy, who was 51, had been racing secretary at Finger Lakes before his stint at Prairie Meadows and previously worked in racing offices at Arlington and Calder. He was the younger brother of the successful former jockey Tim Doocy.

Doocy often credited the late Bob Umphrey, the former racing secretary at Calder, for his tutelage and guidance as a racing official. Earlier in his career, Doocy was an exercise rider and also worked as a jockey agent for his brother.

After resigning from his post at Prairie Meadows, Doocy resided near Mason City, Iowa, before moving to Omaha in 2014.

Manhattan Burst More than 1 year ago
Danny was a class act and the article giving recognition to Bob Umphrey is definitely something Danny would have wanted. Quite of few current Racing Secretaries started under Bob.
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
RIP - I watched Tim Doocy ride many horses at GGF and the now gone (but never forgotten) Bay Meadows, he was always in the top 3 or 4 with Tom Chapman and Marco Casteneda, even the late great Ron Hansen, most of them chasing Russell Baze, although when Baze went South for a couple years, it became a real barn-burner for the riding title. I remember Doocy left to ride in CHI, I believe. Very sorry for his loss.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
Very sad.