Updated on 09/14/2012 10:28AM

Retired trainer Steve Morguelan dies in accident at age 62

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Steve Morguelan, who sent out his last starter in 2002 after some 30 years of training Thoroughbreds, died Tuesday night at his home when drowning in the Ohio River after apparently going into insulin shock. He was 62.

Morguelan, a diabetic, retired following a health scare in 2003, when he underwent successful surgery for a form of cancer known as cystic neoplasm.

Morguelan began his training career in 1974. He won 727 races for stable earnings of $12.7 million. His best horses accounted for at least 61 stakes wins and included such names as Matching, Satin Ribera, Lithan, Super Hit, Snake Eyes, Tarzans Blade, and Leelanau. His best stakes year was 1990, when his horses won eight stakes.

According to a family friend, Morguelan had a riverfront home in a small Louisville community known as Juniper Beach, where he apparently was clearing out brush along the river Tuesday when he went into shock and fell into the river and drowned.

Morguelan had spent his years in retirement happily raising his two daughters with his wife, Barbara. “The last time I saw him he looked like a million dollars,” said trainer Lynn Whiting, a longtime friend.

His physician and surgeon, Dr. David Richardson, said Morguelan overcame different forms of cancer on four separate occasions. “He was a great man, a great horseman, and a great family man,” said Richardson.

The funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern at Epiphany Church in Louisville.

Shannon Purcell-Zuver More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND THE FAMILY BARBARA ALL YOUR OLD RACETRACK FRIENDS ARE HERE FOR YOU. GOD BLESS!
Stephanie Clark More than 1 year ago
Steve Morguelan was my trainer in the early 000's. when he became ill my horses went to another trainer and so did my ex's. For years I asked people in the business of his well being, no one ever seemed to have seen him after that. He was a very good trainer and a really great guy and today I find he passed away accidently, not from his illnesses, and all along he lived down the road from me on River Rd. My symathies to his family.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
God Bless and prayers to his family. Sad news we have lost another class act.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
How tragic. Mr. Morguelan was young when he passed away, too. He sounded like a nice man and a very good trainer. I am sad to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathies to his wife and daughters on their loss. May he rest in peace.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
wow heart breaking,knew Steve many years great man an great father