NASHVILLE - Charles Werstler, a longtime trainer who raced for more than three decades at Keeneland and sent jockey Pat Day to his first stakes victory, has died. He was 86.
Werstler died Thursday in Nashville, where he had lived since retiring, according to Keeneland. The cause of death was not disclosed.
He trained 57 Keeneland winners and raced at the track each spring and fall from the 1960s to 1990s. One of his horses was Ironworks, whom Day rode in the first of his 95 stakes victories at Keeneland. Werstler also had winners in the 1981 Fayette Handicap and 1969 Breeders Futurity.
Werstler was born in Ohio and lived many years in Miami Springs, Fla.