06/15/2004 11:00PM

Engelson, owner, killed


Morley Engelson, a Los Angeles-area doctor who co-owned the top handicap horse Marquetry, was killed in a double-homicide on Sunday while in his Hollywood, Calif., home, according to Los Angeles Police.

Engelson, 69, was apparently making travel reservations Sunday morning when Keven Lee Graff, a drifter who was arrested on Monday, entered his house carrying the severed head of a 91-year-old neighbor. Graff attacked and killed Engelson using Engelson's kitchen knives.

Police said Wednesday that they had not established a motive for the killings.

Engelson bought a share of Marquetry in 1992 from Juddmonte Farms. In his first start under the new ownership group, which included trainer Bobby Frankel, Marquetry won the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap as a 5-year-old. The next year, Marquetry won four stakes races, including the Meadowlands Cup, the San Antonio Stakes, the Bel Air Handicap, and the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap.

A son of Conquistador Cielo out of the Vice Regent mare Regent's Walk, Marquetry was retired after his 6-year-old season to Vinery in Kentucky.