David Whiteley, Trainer Of Belmont Winner Coastal, Dies At 73

by | 08.14.2017 | 1:13pm

David Whiteley, who trained champions Just A Game, Waya, and Revidere, and who also sent out Coastal to upset Spectacular Bid in the 1979 Belmont Stakes, died at his home in Camden, S.C. Aug. 12. He was 73.

Whiteley was the son of Frank Whiteley, a Hall of Fame trainer who conditioned such champions as Ruffian, Damascus, and Forego.

Whiteley trained from 1970-1995. In 1979, he sent out Coastal to win the Belmont Stakes, denying Spectacular Bid the Triple Crown. Whiteley trained Revidere (3-year-old filly champion in 1976); Waya (champion older filly in 1979); and 1980 champion turf female Just A Game.

Whiteley trained for such top owners such as William Haggin Perry, Peter Brant, George Strawbridge Jr., Joe Allen, and the Janneys.

“He was an excellent horseman who learned from his father, and had tremendous success in New York,” Hall of Fame trainer John Veitch, a close friend of Whiteley's, told the Blood-Horse. 

“Many people, such as Shug McGaughey, have gone on to have great success after working for David. He had great owners and had a great career, although it was relatively short.”

David Whiteley is survived by his daughter, Kyle.

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