12/15/2003 12:00AM

Longtime voice of Woodbine dies

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Daryl Wells, Woodbine's race caller from 1956 to 1986, died on Friday night of heart disease, He was 81.

Wells, who lived in Lewiston, N.Y., was a native of Victoria, British Columbia. In the 1940's, he moved to Hamilton, Ontario, where he worked in television and radio until Woodbine opened in 1956. His most famous call was the 1973 Canadian International, which was won by the great Secretariat in the final start of his career.

Wells is survived by his wife, Marian, and children Wendy, Dana, and Daryl Jr., who is the race caller at Fort Erie.