Ex-jockey Lynn Cline dies unexpectedly At 43, she'd worked horses at Bowie for last 8 years


October 20, 1997|By Tom Keyser and Kent Baker | Tom Keyser and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Lynn Cline, a 43-year-old exercise rider and former jockey, collapsed and died Friday -- "a very, very unexpected death," said trainer Rob Bailes.

Cline began feeling ill Friday evening, went to a friend's house and collapsed and died about 11: 30 p.m., said her sister, Ann Rose, who added the cause of death has not been determined.

A former jockey who rode mostly in Maryland and primarily for trainer Stewart Mitchell, Cline exercised horses for Bailes and his father, Meredith, for about eight years at the Bowie Training Center.

"She was like family to me," Rob Bailes said. "A hard worker, showed up every day, an excellent horse person.

"An all-around very nice person. She was good-hearted and nice to everybody. If she even knew you a little bit, you'd get a birthday card from her in the mail every year."

Her sister said Cline always loved horses. The family home on eight acres in Leonardtown was "a halfway house for horses" because of the horses and ponies Cline brought home, Rose said.

After high school, Cline attended college, hoping to become a veterinarian. But she was lured away by the track. She lived in Laurel.

A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Evans Funeral Home in Bowie. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Wager added for novices

A new wager geared toward novice bettors will be instituted on weekend cards at Laurel Park beginning Saturday.

Called "Bingo Bet," it will be offered for one race only on Saturday and Sunday programs and will cost $1 per play.

"You're getting eight chances to win for a dollar," said Laurel's director of pari-mutuels, Elizabeth Quill. "We're hoping this is something that will become popular with new bettors."

On introductory day, bettors at Laurel, the simulcast sites at Pimlico and Rosecroft Raceway and some patrons at off-track betting sites will receive a free wager.

The card will consist of three columns of three numbers each, except in the middle, which is the free bingo spot. The left column stands for the race winner, the middle for the winner and place horse and the right for the winner, place horse and show horse.

If a player gets three numbers circled in a row (including the bingo space), he or she will win. The amount of the pool will determine earnings.

A bettor will be allowed to pick one number in the race, but will have no control of where it is placed on the card. Or, he or she can take a random card.

Colonial Downs

Colonial Downs, the first Virginia thoroughbred track, is offering weekend simulcast wagering.

Wagering will begin at noon on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and will continue until 11: 30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Pub Date: 10/20/97

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