Private Service Set for Trainer Dale Landers

A private family funeral service has been scheduled for longtime Southern California trainer Dale Landers on Aug. 10. Landers, who saddled War Heim for victory in the 1971 Strub Stakes at record odds of 49-1, died Aug. 3 at the age of 88.

A viewing of the body will be held Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Forest Lawn in Covina, Calif.

An Idaho native who lived in Glendora, Calif., Landers won training titles at Del Mar in 1957 and 1958. He died at Temple City Convalescent Home. Landers' wife, Millie, died several years ago.

A former jockey, Landers won the second race in Santa Anita history, guiding Let Her Play to victory on Dec. 25, 1934.

He started training in 1939 and won 185 races at Santa Anita and 217 at Hollywood Park, including eight stakes.

Among the stakes Landers won were the 1982 Morvich Handicap with Shanekite and the 1973 Sunny Slope with Such a Rush, both at Santa Anita.

He saddled winners of nine stakes at Del Mar, including a division of the 1970 Del Mar Derby with War Heim. Among the others were Mr. Eiffel, winner of the 1959 Del Mar Derby; 1968 San Diego Handicap winner Rivet; and Such A Rush, winner in 1973 of the CTBA Stakes, the De Anza Stakes and the Del Mar Futurity.

A son, Daniel Landers, is assistant trainer to Ron McAnally. Also surviving are daughter-in-law Ronna Landers, five grandchildren, a great granddaughter and longtime close friend Ann Foley.

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