05/12/2013 9:34AM

Trainer Retherford dies at 82


Former trainer and breeder N.J. “Skip” Retherford died Friday in his daughter's Castro Valley, Calif., home after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 82.

Retherford began his career in racing as an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham. He took out his trainer's license in 1968, moving his operation to Northern California in the mid-1970s. He retired as a trainer in 1993.

Among his notable runners were Cari's Story, the winner of the 1984 Bay Meadows Oaks; Les Aspres, the 1981 winner of the Seabiscuit Invitational at Bay Meadows; and Lulugal, the 1981 winner of the Vallejo Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

In addition to training horses, Retherford owned and operated Oak Knoll Farms in Oakdale, Calif., from 1979-90 and stood the stallion Battle Call there.

Retherford is survived by daughters, Kathy Gatterer, Terry Gardia, and Stacie Retherford-Marraro; son, Roland Retherford; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service is pending.