05/21/2013 1:07PM

Richard Lies, retired California trainer, dies at 71


The retired California-based trainer Richard Lies died late Monday after an extended illness. Lies, 71, died at home in Carlsbad, Calif.

The father of four, including Lone Star announcer John Lies, Richard Lies was born in Wichita, Kansas, and was a California trainer based out of San Luis Rey Downs prior to his retirement from training in 2004. Lies also served as a longtime Del Mel usher and a donut-shop entrepreneur for 30 years. Funeral services for Lies are pending.

Roemary Leonetti More than 1 year ago
John pleas Call me if u need any help with anything Love your Dad John 760-613-2841 Rosemary Finelli/Leonetti
Rodney Foster More than 1 year ago
So very sad...Richard was my box usher/Captain and a wonderful well liked and respected man. Always..always Happy and glad to be at Del Mar. He will be missed... God Speed Mr. Richard Rocket
Tom More than 1 year ago
Richard was a good man and will be sorely missed
Bob Gorsky More than 1 year ago
Condolences to Mr. Lies' family including his son John, who is both our announcer at Lone Star Park here in the Dallas area, as well as a member of the Del Mar TC team.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, I'm so sorry to read this news. I always enjoyed Richard and his enthusiasm. He started in January counting down the days until the start of each Del Mar season. He just loved the Del Mar meet. And he loved his Del Mar job as usher in the Club House boxes, leading the winning connections down to the winner circle. I will certainly miss him this coming season. Leigh Ann Howard
Roemary Leonetti More than 1 year ago
Oh my Richard was our Owner and Little John at 10years old told me "When I getting Bigger i am going to call the Races" Richard and I always remember that. Love you John and i will Miss your Dad's Great Smile. I am in Florida call me John whn U can. Rosemary Finelli