11/05/2014 2:28PM

Jacque Fulton, California trainer and racing manager, dies


Jacque Fulton, a former trainer who worked for more than a decade as racing manager for California owners Marty and Pam Wygod, died on Tuesday of Alzheimer’s disease, according to her cousin, trainer Dan Hendricks.

Fulton was 60. She had spent recent months in the Phoenix area, close to family.

In the 1970s, Fulton worked as an exercise rider for Charlie Whittingham, galloping such prominent horses as Dahlia, King Pellinore and Cougar II. In the 1980s, she was briefly married to former Southern California trainer John Fulton.

Jacque Fulton began training in 1985 and later gave up a racing stable to work for the Wygods, when their breeding and racing stable was at its height in California.

Fulton trained Blonde Fever, the winner of the 1992 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar, and won the 1988 Princess Stakes at Hollywood Park with Clean Lines, who had been claimed for $40,000, and the 1988 Songstress Stakes at Golden Gate Fields with Super Avie. During that season, Super Avie was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Oaks.

Fulton trained 26 winners in 1988 and 23 in 1989 when her stable had its most successful years.

“She was one of the leading women trainers of her time,” Hendricks said. “She was a big help for me when I started on the track – both personal and professional. It’s a big loss.”

Plans for a memorial service were undecided on Wednesday.