09/08/2005 12:00AM

Stanley Dancer dies at 78


Stanley Dancer, a member of harness racing's Hall of Fame and one of the sports most prominent figures, died at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Thursday. He was 78 and had been in declining health for several years.

Dancer won trotting's Triple Crown twice, with Nevele Pride in 1968 and Super Bowl in 1972. He also won the pacing Triple Crown with Most Happy Fella in 1970.

Dancer trained the winners of five Hambletonians, driving four of them. He also trained and drove four Four Little Brown Jug winners. Four horses Dancer trained won seven Horse of the Year titles among them, more than any other trainer.

Dancer got his 3,781st and final victory as a driver in 1995 at Garden State Park. He continued to train a few horses until 2000. Horses driven by Dancer earned $28 million during his career.

Dancer is survived by his wife, Joanne; two sons, Ronald Dancer and and Stanley R. Dancer; two daughters, Susan Dancer Moyher and Shaldonna Chaisson; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Freeman's Funeral Home in Freehold, N.J., with services to be held there Tuesday at 11 a.m.