12/28/2005 12:00AM

Trainer Pat Daly dies

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Trainer Pat Daly died at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky., early Wednesday, less than two weeks after suffering a burst brain aneurysm.

Daly, 43, never regained full consciousness after being stricken Dec. 16 during afternoon training hours at the Trackside Training Center, where he had about 15 horses in his care. His condition worsened early this week when he began suffering abdominal bleeding.

Daly, a Louisville native, worked in the horse business for most of his adult life. He trained a small stable from 1991-97, then worked as an assistant for several years before reopening a public stable at Trackside in 2003. He won the biggest race of his career that fall when Comic Truth captured the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Daly then had the best two years of his career in 2004 and 2005 when he won a combined 37 races. His wife, Lori, took over the stable after Daly became ill and said Wednesday she intends to continue as trainer.

Besides his wife, Daly is survived by his infant son, John; his mother, Mary; and three brothers and four sisters.

Visitation arrangements are being handled by Highland Funeral Home on Taylorsville Road in Louisville. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Agnes Church.

Friends and colleagues knew Daly as a tireless worker who was unfailingly upbeat.

"Everybody knew Pat was a little mischievous, maybe a little unpredictable, but he was the most positive person I ever met on the racetrack," said longtime trainer Phil Thomas Jr., for whom both Pat and Lori Daly worked.