09/05/2016 7:53AM

Mike Zwiesler, trainer for Lane's End, dies at 58


Mike Zwiesler, who was a trainer and assistant for Lane’s End Farm during a lengthy and distinguished career working with Thoroughbreds, died early Saturday at his home near Tampa, Fla., after a lengthy bout with cancer. He was 58.

Zwiesler, who grew up in Ohio as the son of a horse owner, began working under trainer Neil Howard in 1980.

“When he walked into my barn at River Downs, it was one of those things where we kind of became family right away,” said Howard, the trainer of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft. “Mike was just a great friend and horseman.”

In 1999, Zwiesler moved to Delaware to work for the Lane’s End Farm of Will Farish and for Bayard Sharp, Farish’s father-in-law. During a 12-year stint, Zwiesler won 175 races, including 18 stakes, for stable earnings of nearly $4.1 million. Among his best horses were Shag, Mumbo Jumbo, Summer Cruise, Stay Close, and Rock Candy.

Zwiesler is survived by his wife, Susan, and daughter, Kat. The body was to be cremated, with a memorial service tentatively planned for early October in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Gretta DeSantis More than 1 year ago
RIP Mike. Condolences to Mike's family. 
Mike Mazinski More than 1 year ago
RIP Mike
Debbie More than 1 year ago
Mike will be missed. I galloped horses for Mike and Neil, Mike was the kindest person to work for,he always made us laugh .I learned so much from Mike, he made me a better rider. My love and prayers go out to his family.
Larry Kelly More than 1 year ago
To loose a gentleman like Mike   takes another spoke out of the wheel of horse racing..never without a smile or a offer of help.well loved .and loved like a brother....
Lance Gaston More than 1 year ago
I knew Mike. Good feller