08/20/2001 12:00AM

Shepherd, trainer, dead


HAKOPEE, Minn. - Trainer Dave Shepherd, a Canterbury Park regular over the past several seasons, died last week at Abbot Northwestern Hospital. The 64-year-old trainer was being prepared for bypass surgery when he went into cardiac arrest.

A native of Stockdale, Ohio, Shepherd had campaigned a large string of claiming horses in Ohio over the years and had recently made summers at Canterbury part of his regular circuit. The trainer is survived by his parents, two sons and a daughter. His 38-horse string is now being supervised by Ronnie Kirklan