The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association released the following statement on Thursday:
Donald Eugene Souder, a longtime Maryland-based trainer, died Oct. 16. He was 85.
Souder, who began training in 1979, had 255 career victories and earnings just shy of $4 million. His most successful earnings year was 2004, when his horses banked $429,000.
Souder was an entrepreneur—he was involved in the car dealership Wynn Kelly Chevrolet in Clarksville, Md.; restaurants; and construction. He usually operated a small stable at Laurel Park, and earnings-wise, 2018 and 2019 were his best years in more than a decade.
Among Souder's top horses were Maryland-bred Higher Strata, a multiple stakes winner who captured the Mister Diz, Maryland City and Endless Surprise at Laurel. Higher Strata, who Souder owned, also was multiple stakes-placed in a 56-race career. The filly Jubilees Galore, who he also owned and trained, won the Oakley Stakes at Colonial Downs.
Services are pending.
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Copyright © 2019 Paulick Report.