12/23/2015 4:06PM

Sowle, former jockey, trainer, jockey agent, dies at 50


Scott Sowle, a former Michigan-based trainer, jockey, and jockey agent, died Sunday at age 50.

Sowle was the agent for several prominent riders in the Midwest, including Scott Speith, T.D. Houghton, Brian Peck, Ronnie Allen Jr., and Mary Doser. He was married to Doser for several years.

A native of Bronson, Mich., Sowle most recently was living in Florida, working for Brook Ledge Horse Transportation as a booking agent at Palm Meadows training center and Belmont Park.

Sowle was primarily a Quarter Horse jockey in Michigan before launching his training career at Detroit Race Course in 1990, going 7 for 40 and winning the Westland Stakes with Magal.

While away from the sport, Sowle pursued his talents as a rodeo cowboy, winning the Midstates Rodeo Association’s All-Around Cowboy title in 1996, along with champion saddle bronc and bull rider honors. He won a saddle bronc event in Greenwich, N.Y., as recently as Aug. 25.

Sowle retired from riding in 2003 with 88 wins in 674 career Thoroughbred starts, having taken mounts across the Midwest and Florida. In 2001, he scored an upset win aboard The Rare Necessities in the Quarter Horse Grade 3 Budweiser Futurity at Mount Pleasant.

Also in 2001, Sowle trained a small string at Turfway Park. By 2003, he was saddling horses at tracks across the Midwest, getting a stakes win with Deputy Stripe in the Wolverine Stakes at Great Lakes Downs. Sowle’s barn was led the following year by multiple Michigan stakes winner Dancin For Gold.

Sowle’s most successful runner was 2005 Michigan Horse of the Year Creative Miss, who won three stakes at Great Lakes Downs that season, including the 3-year-old fillies’ division of the $132,887 Michigan Sire Stakes. The daughter of Creative returned in 2006 to win two more stakes, including the older females’ division of the Sire Stakes, to give Sowle his two most lucrative training victories.

He retired from training in 2009 with 186 winners from 965 career starts.

“From riding rodeos, to being a jockey, to a jockeys’ agent to his latest passion, playing poker, Scott always strove to be the best,” said jockeys’ agent Gary Terrien, a former assistant to Sowle. “He was a good horseman and an even better friend.”

A service will be held Monday at Palm Meadows in Boynton Beach, Fla., with a service in Michigan to be held at a later time.