08/31/2005 12:00AM

Jim Eckrosh, trainer, dies at 94


Jim Eckrosh, a longtime Thoroughbred trainer, died Monday evening in Des Moines, Iowa, the place of his birth. He was 94 and is survived by his wife, Phyllis.

At the time of Eckrosh's retirement two years ago, after training for about 67 years, he was the oldest known horse trainer in the country. He had soldiered on, living part-time in a local motel, until he was 92, and still had a stakes-winning horse named Magic Doe, who recently was put out to pasture at age 10.

Eckrosh's funeral was to be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Southtown Funeral Home in Des Moines.