12/17/2005 12:00AM

Kentucky trainer listed as critical


Trainer Pat Daly was in critical condition Saturday in the intensive-care unit at Norton Hospital in downtown Louisville, Ky., as the result of a brain aneurysm that burst Friday afternoon.

Daly, 43, is in a coma, and his long-term prognosis is not encouraging, according to friends and family members. He had been suffering severe headaches in recent days and was transported to Norton after he was found slumped over in his car at Trackside training center, where he trains about 15 horses.

Daly, a Louisville native, has been in the horse business for much of his adult life. He trained a small stable from 1991-97, then worked as an assistant for several years for Ken McPeek. He reopened a public stable at Trackside in 2003 and has had the best two years of his career in 2004-05 by winning a combined 37 races. He won with three of his first nine starters at the current Turfway Park holiday meet.

Daly and his wife, Lori, recently adopted a boy who is less than a year old.