07/05/2004 12:00AM

Myer, rider and trainer, dead


Patrick Eugene Myer, a former steeplechase rider and Thoroughbred trainer, died Monday morning. He was 61.

Myer had suffered two strokes on June 30. He lapsed into a coma the following day and never regained consciousness.

Myer, a native of Maryland, retired from steeplechase riding in 1982. As a trainer, Myer won 89 races from 1,137 starters and his horses earned purse money exceeding $2.3 million. One of Myer's more notable horses was Whodam, a New York-bred who placed in several stakes for Myer at 2 and 3.

In recent years, Myer served as the dormitory supervisor for the New York Racing Association.

Among Myer's survivors is his 14-year-old son, Patrick Jr. NYRA and family members are planning a memorial service to be held at Belmont later his week.