FRANK Y. WHITELEY, JR.

In this May 15, 1965 file photo, trainer Frank Y. Whiteley Jr., right, is congratulated after Tom Rolfe, left, won the Preakness horse race at Pimlico race course in Baltimore, Md. Whiteley, a Hall of Famer who trained two Horse of the Year winners and ill-fated filly Ruffian, died Friday, May 2, 2008. He was 93.

Whitely’s Preakness winner was bred by Raymond R. Guest, the father of longtime member of the Virginia General Assembly Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr. The younger Guest died of cancer at home at Rock Hill Farm in Front Royal in 2001. A Yale graduate, Guest was highly regarded by his colleagues and served as Minority Leader from 1986 to 1992.

He is best remembered by Virginia’s Thoroughbred industry for his support of the 1988 pari-mutuel betting bill that made possible Colonial Downs and its pari-mutuel betting parlors elsewhere in the state. The bill passed and was approved in a statewide referendum. Guest had sponsored similar legislation 10 years earlier.

Both the bill and the referendum faced stiff opposition from groups opposed to state-sanctioned gambling.

Said Guest of his critics: “Perhaps I have more faith in the individual citizens of the Commonwealth than those who feel they have to act on [citizens’] behalf to protect them from themselves.”