A memorial service for longtime trainer Warren Stute is scheduled Aug. 17 in the Turf Club Chandelier Room at Santa Anita. Stute, who had recently suffered several strokes, died at 85 on Aug. 9 at his home in Arcadia.
An iconic figure in California racing, Stute trained horses for almost 70 years and enjoyed many great moments at Santa Anita, including saddling Great Circle to win the 1951 Santa Anita Maturity (now run as the Strub Stakes). It was the first $100,000 stakes win for both Stute and his young jockey, William Shoemaker.
Born Sept. 30, 1921, in Fort Wayne, Ind., Stute moved with his family to Covina, Calif., in 1934. This coincided with the birth of Santa Anita, where Stute and his brother, Melvin, soon gravitated to the backstretch. There they became hot walkers, grooms, and later exercise boys.
Melvin also became a trainer, and the two brothers were seldom apart. They came to be known for their hard work, plain-spoken honesty, and no-nonsense horsemanship.
Always impeccably dressed and physically fit well into his later years, Warren Stute routinely galloped many of his own horses until sidelined by illness.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, Trudy; daughter, Laura; and sons Steven and Glen.
The Stute memorial will be held at 3:30 p.m., following a 1 p.m. religious service at Sierra Madre Congregational Church in nearby Sierra Madre.