12/06/2014 1:35PM

Popular Louisiana trainer Banks dies


Trainer David Banks collapsed at Evangeline Training Center in Carencro, La., early Saturday morning and later died at a local hospital, confirmed management at the facility and several horsemen. Banks had about 20 horses on the grounds. The 2-year-old filly Ideratherblucky, whom he trained for his sister, Virginia Lazenby, won Thursday at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

The racing community in Carencro was mourning the loss Saturday. Friends said Banks had moved there about five or six years ago after being based in Kentucky. 

“Mr. David was a super guy,” said trainer William Meaux. “Never heard him say a bad word about anybody. Just a great man. A good guy.”
“Just a really good soul,” said trainer Patrick Devereux Jr. “It’s hard to sort out.”

Banks had ridden his pony to the track to train at about 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. and fell from the horse, said A.J. Credeur, general manager of Evangeline Training Center. It was right near the clocker stand, and Haley Granger, a clocker for the facility, immediately began CPR and was soon assisted by on-track paramedics, said Credeur.

“We had official works this morning, so the ambulance was there onsite,” Credeur.

Banks, who is believed to have suffered a heart attack, was transported to Lafayette General Hospital, where he died, confirmed Credeur.

“He’s been a dear friend,” said Creduer. “It’s a great loss. He was an outstanding guy, a stand-up guy. The industry lost a good person.”

Banks, who had trained since at least 1976, was in the midst of a strong year with 19 wins from 124 starters for stable earnings of $416,817.

Some of his better horses through the years included Hardrock Eleven, Ridge Runner, and Paige’s Boo. Friends said Banks is survived by wife Alison Ramsey Banks and an adult son and daughter.

“I think he died doing what he loved in his love for horses,” Credeur said. “He liked being with horses. It’s a great loss. Everybody is just devastated.”

– additional reporting by Marty McGee