Veteran trainer Alan Seewald, whose promising three-year-old UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN (Limehouse) is expected to contest Saturday's Lexington S. (G2) at Keeneland, died in the early hours of Monday morning at his home in Middletown, New Jersey, according to published reports. He was 62. Although the cause of death has not been confirmed, a Monmouth Park twitter post mentioned that Seewald suffered a heart attack.
Born on January 15, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York, Seewald earned a trainer's license in 1984 and began operating his own stable in January 1985. His first notable performer was Monmouth fan favorite Teddy Drone, who would eventually be enshrined in the track's Hall of Champions.
Teddy Drone ran a remarkable 89 times in his career, capturing seven black-type events and placing in 17 other stakes, including runner-up efforts in the 1988 Jamaica H. (G2) at Belmont Park and the 1989 Bold Ruler S. (G2) at Aqueduct. The redoubtable sprinter retired at the age of 10 with 31 lifetime wins, 22 seconds and 14 thirds and a bankroll of $833,197. In his honor, Monmouth established the Teddy Drone S., which is held on the Haskell Invitational (G1) undercard.
Seewald also conditioned Vinemeister, winner of the 2003 Salvator Mile H. (G3), and R Betty Graybull (Holy Bull), who landed the 2008 Monmouth N.A.T.C. Filly Futurity.
This winter at Tampa Bay Downs, Seewald unveiled a potential classic candidate in Uptowncharlybrown. The chestnut colt won his first two starts in a romp, breaking his maiden by nine lengths on December 26 and taking the January 16 Pasco S. by six lengths. He showed greenness in his two-turn debut in the February 13 Sam F. Davis S. (G3), where he finally kicked into gear late for third. Adding blinkers to help his focus for the March 13 Tampa Bay Derby (G3), he suffered a troubled trip along the rail and finished fifth.
Uptowncharlybrown was then expected to point for the May 8 Dwyer S. (G2) at Belmont, but after a bullet work last Friday, he was rerouted to the $300,000 Lexington, which would be his first race away from Tampa. Garrett Gomez has taken the call.
Uptowncharlybrown became a popular horse on the Triple Crown trail this spring, especially because he is campaigned by dozens of small investors in Bob Hutt's Fantasy Lane Stables. Hutt developed Fantasy Lane Stables as a way of commemorating his late father -- an idea that was originally put to him by Seewald.
Seewald is survived by his widow Kathleen, sons Ryan and Shane, and grandchild Blake.