LEON ERASMUS AND STAVINSKY
Trainer Leon Erasmus is reported to have been killed in a head-on car accident.
Further details of the crash were not immediately available, but it is believed that at least one other person was badly injured.
Erasmus, 58, has been a prominent trainer on the Highveld for the past few decades – operating from stables and training tracks on his own farm at Vereeniging. Usually getting about 50 winners a year from a string of 50 or more horses, he had registered 19 victories in the current season for stake earnings of nearly R3 million. The son of a racehorse trainer, Erasmus was granted his licence in 1990.
Last week he saddled the eight-year-old Stavinsky to win at the Vaal – testimony to his skill in keeping the grey gelding racing competitively for so long.