07/15/2005 12:00AM

Jerry Meyer, trainer, dead at 78


Jerry "J.C." Meyer, who began training in the late 1940's and was active up until recently this year, died of cancer in Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto on Friday. He was 78.

Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Meyer, saddled more than 2,500 winners and more than 100 stakes winners. He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1999.

Meyer's stakes winners in the United States included Smart N Slick, winner of the Grade 1 Sapling in 1983, and Verbatim, winner of the 1968 Gotham.

In Canada, Meyer trained a double Sovereign Award winner, Northernette, who was champion 2-year-old filly in 1976 and 3-year-old champion after winning the Canadian Oaks and finishing second in the Queen's Plate.