California owner Sal Longo, whose racemare Lazy Slusan won two grade I stakes, died Oct. 16 at his Arcadia, Calif., home, according to Daily Racing Form
. His death at age 96 came two days before his 2-year-old colt The Herc won the Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita.
Longo and trainer John Dolan claimed Lazy Slusan for $62,500 in July of 2000 and won seven stakes with her, including the 2001 Santa Margarita Invitational (gr. I) and Milady Breeders' Cup (gr. I) Handicaps. Lazy Slusan was retired a millionaire. The Sicilian-born Longo raced a couple of other stakes winners.