Services Scheduled for Baird

Services Scheduled for Baird
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Dale Baird

Services for trainer Dale Baird, who died in a motor vehicle accident in Indiana Dec. 23, have been scheduled.

Visitation will be Dec. 28 from 3-8 p.m. CDT at Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville, Ill., which is Baird’s hometown. The funeral is set for Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. The funeral home is located at 30 N. Washington St.

At the time of his death, Baird was the all-time leading trainer in Thoroughbred racing with 9,445 wins, according to Daily Racing Form. He was the first trainer to reach 7,000 wins (in 1996), the first to reach 8,000 wins (in 1999), and the first to hit 9,000 wins (in 2004).

Baird, who was 72, won his first race in 1961 at Ellis Park in Kentucky. He has been based at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia for most of his career.

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