Frank Alexander, a top trainer whose career included an Eclipse Award winner, died June 19
- July 2, 2020
- By SARA CAVANAGH
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Frank A. Alexander, whose Thoroughbred training career spanned five decades and included training the 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint and 1994 Eclipse Award winner Cherokee Run, died on Friday in South Florida at the age of 82.
Alexander's career began with his riding winning show horses, then moved to the race track and then included four or five years managing a top breeding establishment before returning for good to the track as a trainer.
Born Oct. 18, 1937, in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., as a teenager, Alexander worked at Ralph Petersen's, a hunting and showing boarding stable.
Working with him at Petersen's were Dicky Hendriks and Ralph Caristo, both of whom continued to be life-long friends.
He bought Glen Head Stable in the early '60s,, and showed horse for Ava Miller, who was then married to Leverett S. Miller, StaStill Farm and Ruth Nicholson, winning at shows like The National at the Garden, Fairfield and Piping Rock.