Mary Ellen Hickey Kegel, a rider on the Kentucky circuit in the 1980s and later a racing official, died Dec. 23 as a result of cancer. She was 52.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kegel, who rode under her maiden name, died at the Lebanon, Ky., home of her mother, Almarine Hickey.
Kegel won 213 races from 1,806 mounts between 1979 and 1987, with her victories including the Anna M. Fisher Stakes at Ellis Park and the Robert J. Dienst Memorial at Beulah Park. Her horses earned $1.35 million.
Following her retirement from the saddle, Kegel worked in the racing offices at Keeneland and Churchill Downs, taking entries and helping with the race cards in the mornings and working as a patrol or placing judge in the afternoons.
Kegel is survived by her husband, bloodstock agent Tim Kegel, and two children. Campbell-DeWitt Funeral Home, 491 W. Main St., Lebanon, is handling arrangements.