'Doc' Jocoy, Vet to Many Top Stars, Dies

He was employed by such Hall of Fame trainers as Whittingham, Hirsch and Jacobs.

(from Oak Tree at Santa Anita stable notes)

Dr. Jock  Jocoy, veterinarian to several of the greatest horses in Thoroughbred racing history, including champions Swaps, Ack Ack, Cougar II and Buckpasser, died Sept. 27 at his home in Del Mar after a lengthy illness. The native of New London, Conn., was 82.

After earning his degree as a veterinarian at the University of California at Davis in 1954, “Doc” Jocoy had a highly successful private practice on Southern California racetracks from 1955 until 1983. He was employed by such Hall of Fame trainers as Charlie Whittingham, Hirsch Jacobs, Meshach “Mesh” Tenney, Eddie Neloy, Horatio Luro and D. Wayne Lukas. He also was resident vet for owner-breeder Rex Ellsworth early in his career. For many years he served as track veterinarian at Del Mar.

He also was a successful breeder in California. Stakes winners he bred included D'Artagnan, Windy Kate, Queen Janine, Jan Jessie, Sheila Jan and Kirrary. The major stakes winner Doc Jocoy was named for him by owner Lionel Sternberger.

Survivors include wife Katie, daughters Jan and Sheila, sons Kelly and Jock Sterling, plus five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral arrangements are pending.