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.