07/30/2014 10:04AM

Former trainer Baker dies at 83


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – George M. Baker, who retired almost 25 years ago from a distinguished training career highlighted by his work with the top filly Politely, died Monday at Baptist East Hospital here following a long illness. He was 83.

Baker’s son, the Churchill Downs-based trainer Jimmy Baker, said his father worked for Bridlewood Farm in Florida for several years after he retired from training in 1990.

Politely, a foal of 1963, was the first horse to be named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year (in 1967-68). She was owned by the Bohemia Stable of Allaire du Pont, one of a number of high-profile clients for whom Baker worked in his heyday. Baker also was among the first trainers for the Kinsman Stud of George Steinbrenner in the 1970s.

Besides Jimmy Baker, he is survived by another son, Keith; a daughter, Terri Carver; and eight grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were private.