Monday, May 07, 2001

Kentucky outrider dies of heart attack

        LOUISVILLE — Glenn Webster, the lead outrider at Churchill Downs and Turfway Park, died Sunday, two days after he had a heart attack and collapsed on the track after the Kentucky Oaks.

        Webster, 43, a native of Florence, Ky., was taken to Caritas Medical Center near the track Friday evening. He died there about 5 p.m. He had worked as an outrider at Churchill Downs since 1986.

        Webster fell from his pony at the three-quarter pole near the end of the first turn minutes after the Oaks concluded.

        “The Churchill Downs family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of such a young and vibrant individual,” Churchill Downs president Alex Waldrop said. “Glenn Webster was a consummate professional and accepted nothing less than being the best at his demanding job.”

        Webster is survived by his parents, Paul and Mary Webster of Florence and a brother, Paul J. Webster Jr. of Elsmere.


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