Monday, May 07, 2001
Kentucky outrider dies of heart attack
LOUISVILLE Glenn Webster, the lead outrider at Churchill Downs and Turfway Park, died Sunday, two days after he had a heart attack and collapsed on the track after the Kentucky Oaks.
Webster, 43, a native of Florence, Ky., was taken to Caritas Medical Center near the track Friday evening. He died there about 5 p.m. He had worked as an outrider at Churchill Downs since 1986.
Webster fell from his pony at the three-quarter pole near the end of the first turn minutes after the Oaks concluded.
The Churchill Downs family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of such a young and vibrant individual, Churchill Downs president Alex Waldrop said. Glenn Webster was a consummate professional and accepted nothing less than being the best at his demanding job.
Webster is survived by his parents, Paul and Mary Webster of Florence and a brother, Paul J. Webster Jr. of Elsmere.
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