03/28/2016 3:04PM

Doctor, owner D.W. Frazier dies at 73


Dr. Daniel Frazier, the owner of leading Ohio racing and breeding operation Pyrite Stables, died March 16 in Tampa. He was 73.

Frazier was born in Pittsburgh and relocated with his family to Louisville, Ky. at a young age, eventually graduating from the University of Louisville’s medical school. He served as a medical officer aboard nuclear submarines during the Vietnam War and returned to become one of the Tampa Bay area’s largest primary-care physicians and executives.

Having learned about the sport from frequent trips with his father to Churchill Downs and Miles Park in his youth, Frazier entered the Thoroughbred industry in 1975, claiming a horse at Tampa Bay Downs named World Pennant, who eventually became his first winner.

The bulk of Frazier’s racing success came in Ohio, particularly at ThistleDown, where he was perennially near the top of the leaderboard in owner wins throughout the 1990s and 2000s and picked up a meet title in 2002. He wintered his racing stock at Tampa Bay Downs, where he finished third in the owners’ standings during the 2008-09 meet.

His best runner was Pay the Man, a homebred Bernstein mare who became the third Ohio-bred to reach $1 million in career earnings in 2013.

Pay the Man won 27 of 76 starts over nine seasons of racing, taking five consecutive editions of the J. William Petro Memorial Stakes, four renewals each of the Angenora Stakes, Rose DeBartolo Memorial Stakes, and Scarlet and Gray Handicap, and three runnings of the Best of Ohio Distaff. She also won the Queen City Oaks at River Downs and placed in an additional 14 stakes in Ohio and West Virginia. The mare retired at age 10 and sold to Calumet Farm for $95,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Other stakes winners campaigned by Pyrite Stables include Pyrite Gem, Forest Picnic, Majestic Dinner, Pyrite Blue Magna, Formal Arrangement, Fervent Affair, and Alice’s Magic. All of those runners were bred in Ohio by Frazier and trained by Miguel Feliciano.

Frazier entered the breeding realm in 1985 in Florida, where he bred runners including Grade 2 winner Anet and Grade 3 winner Regal Joy. He was named Ohio’s  Breeder of the Year by the national Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in 1998 and 2002.

Frazier is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Heather, Barrett, Courtney, and Tyler; and four grandchildren.