09/03/2004 12:00AM

Mondello, trainer, dead at 81


Lou Mondello, who trained several stakes winners on the New York circuit during a career that began in the 1940's, died Wednesday at his Long Island home. He was 81.

Twice in his career - at Narragansett Park in 1966 and at Fair Grounds in 1968 - Mondello sent out eight consecutive winners.

Among Mondello's best horses were Bar Dexter, who in 1982 won the Queens County and Gallant Fox handicaps; Young and Foolish, winner of the 1972 Post-Deb Stakes at Monmouth Park; and Cavamore, the 1969 San Fernando Handicap winner at Santa Anita. Other stakes winners trained by Mondello included Rough Note, Zazzie and Mochila.

Mondello is survived by his wife, the former trainer Sue Alpers.

A funeral service was to be private. A memorial will be held at a future date.