09/11/2003 11:00PM

Lewis Wartchow, trainer, dead


Trainer Lewis Wartchow, who had dominated paint horse racing in Oklahoma and Texas, died from congestive heart failure on Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was 65.

Wartchow, who also raced Quarter Horses and a limited number of Thoroughbreds, was inducted into the Remington Park Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1998. He won 33 stakes at the track, with 22 of those victories coming in stakes for paints.

Wartchow's most recent stakes victory was registered last month by Dakota Jackson in the Cowboy Hall of Fame Handicap at Remington Park on Aug. 16.

Overall, Wartchow has won more stakes during the mixed meets at Remington than any other trainer in the 15-year history of the track.

Wartchow, who was a resident of Fitzhugh, Okla., is survived by his son, John. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Morris Memorial Baptist Church in Latta, Okla.