02/01/2005 12:00AM

McKinsey, former secretary, dies


Eddie McKinsey, a former jockey, racing secretary, and steward, died Saturday in Hollywood, Fla., from complications after surgery. He was 74.

McKinsey served as racing secretary at Gulfstream, Hialeah, Atlantic City, and Arlington Park. He was the first racing secretary to assign separate turf and dirt weights for horses nominated to grass stakes and was also the first to run an all-turf card during his tenure at Gulfstream, according to Calder's racing secretary, Bob Umphrey.

McKinsey retired from the racetrack in the mid-1980's and spent recent years as a volunteer for the local Meals on Wheels program as well as working with Alzheimer's patients. He is survived by three sisters.