09/01/2004 11:00PM

Edward I. Kelly, trainer, dead


Edward I. Kelly, who trained 1959 champion sprinter Intentionally, died Thursday at his home in Brooksville, Fla. He was 83.

Kelly trained primarily for Harry Isaacs' Brookfield Farms. Among the horses he trained for Isaacs were stakes winners Intentionally, I Enclose, Im In Time, I'm From Dixie, I Speedup, and Is Your Pleasure.

Kelly is the brother of Hall of Fame trainer T.J. Kelly and the father of former trainer and current jockey agent Michael Kelly and former trainer Edward Kelly Jr.

Edward Kelly began working around horses in the mid-1930's when he and his brother Tommy worked for trainer J.W. Martin. Kelly began working at the Circle M Ranch in Kentucky in 1937 before being called to active duty in World War II.

After being discharged in 1944, Kelly took out his trainer's license and recorded his first winner in 1945. Kelly began working for Isaacs four years later.

Kelly's relationship with Isaacs was similar to that of manager Walter Alston and the Los Angeles Dodger. For more than two decades, Alston signed one-year contracts to manage that team.

"I just need a handshake from him," Kelly once said. "He does the owning. I do the training and the players keep changing."