Retired Trainer Steve Morguelan Dies

Morguelan trained 27 stakes winners including grade II winner A Penny Is a Penny.

Steve L. Morguelan, who trained from 1974 through 2002, died Sept. 11 at his Louisville home. He was 62.

Morguelan was a University of Kentucky graduate with a degree in business administration who wanted to go into the construction business. He abandoned that idea after a short time because of his love of racing and started as a groom. He began training in his early '20s.

Based in the Midwest, Morguelan trained 27 stakes winners and the earners of more $12 million. He won graded stakes with Leelanau, Matching, Snake Eyes, Tarzans Blade, Vivid Imagination, and A Penny Is a Penny, who won three graded stakes in 1990 including the Molly Pitcher Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth Park and the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

Morguelan is survived by his wife, Barbara, and daughters, Brittany and Amanda.

His funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 15 at Epiphany Catholic Church, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road in Louisville, with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Sept. 14 at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, St. Matthews, Ky., just east of downtown Louisville. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may go to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center or Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy.