04/12/2017 10:16AM

Whiting, recovering from stroke, nears return to barn

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Lynn Whiting, 77, is undergoing physical therapy after spending six weeks in a hospital.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Trainer Lynn Whiting, who 25 years ago this May celebrated the pinnacle of a lifetime in racing by winning the 1992 Kentucky Derby with 17-1 shot Lil E. Tee, is undergoing physical therapy after spending six weeks in a Louisville, Ky., hospital following a stroke and hopes to be back working at his Churchill Downs barn within a week or so.

Whiting, 77, said by phone Wednesday with his typical wry humor that he is “getting along all right,” but, “I don’t have any blue ribbons hanging off me just yet. I kind of lost my edge for a little bit there.”

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Whiting, who was diagnosed with a blood disorder several years ago, suffered the stroke in late February while wintering at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and was flown shortly afterward to Louisville. His small stable has been overseen in the interim by fellow trainer Ron Moquett and was scheduled to ship this week to Churchill.

Whiting’s father, Lyle, was a jockey in the 1920s before becoming a trainer on the New England circuit and eventually migrating to the Midwest. Lynn Whiting, who has worked on the racetrack since he was a young boy, makes his permanent residence in Louisville with his wife, Nellie. They have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

A 1996 book entitled The Longest Shot, authored by John Eisenberg and published by the University Press of Kentucky, provides rich biographical detail on Whiting and Lil E. Tee.