Kentucky Derby

Jack Van Berg, trainer of 1984 and 1987 Preakness winners, Gate Dancer and Alysheba, dies at 81

Jack Van Berg, trainer of 1984 and 1987 Preakness winners, Gate Dancer and Alysheba, dies at 81

Jack Van Berg, a Hall of Fame trainer who oversaw Alysheba to victories in the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, died Wednesday. He was 81.

He died in a Little Rock, Arkansas, hospital, according to a spokeswoman for Oaklawn Park, where Van Berg had relocated his training base after leaving Southern California in 2013. No cause was given.

Van Berg ranks fourth all-time among trainers in North America, with 6,523 victories from 41,164 starts, according to Equibase. He had career purse earnings of $85,925,482.

In the Derby, Alysheba and jockey Chris McCarron were nearly knocked down at the top of the stretch by Bet Twice. Alysheba...

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