07/23/2008 12:00AM

Sid Craig dies; owned Paseana, Dr Devious


DEL MAR, Calif. - Sidney Craig, a prominent horse owner who co-founded a famous weight-loss company with his wife, Jenny, died on Monday after a five-year bout with cancer, his family said. Craig was 76.

Along with his wife, Craig became famous in racing through the success of horses such as Paseana and Dr Devious. Paseana won two Eclipse Awards as the outstanding older female of 1992-93. Dr Devious won the 1992 Epsom Derby for the couple.

The Craigs won other major stakes with runners such as Alpride, Bienvenido, Brave Act, Candy Ride, Different, Exchange, and Tossofthecoin.

In 2003, Candy Ride won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar for the Craigs, a personal favorite because of the track’s proximity to the couple’s home in Rancho Santa Fe.

"He did it all," said Bill Spawr, who trained for the Craigs for nearly two decades. "He bought. He claimed. He bred. I think he even gambled, by the way. He was complete. He was a good guy, the kind you like to be around.

"Racing will really miss him."

A native of Canada, Sid Craig and his wife founded the Jenny Craig weight-loss company in 1983. The company later grew to 600 stores internationally. The Craigs sold Jenny Craig International to Nestle for $600 million in 2006.

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the church of The Immaculata at the University of San Diego. Craig is survived by his wife, Jenny, and five children.