Palmisano trained through 2005 and later became paddock judge at Fair Grounds.
Gary Palmisano Sr., a longtime trainer and racing official in Louisiana, died Dec. 1 in New Orleans after a 19-year fight with cancer. He was 74.
Palmisano trained from 1976-2005, according to Equibase, winning 353 races for owners that included Bryan and Vickie Krantz, who raced as Krantz Stable and were prior owners of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and the defunct Jefferson Downs. Led by stakes winners Destiny Calls and Coach Rags, Palmisano’s horses earned just shy of $4 million.
Palmisano died in the early morning Wednesday with his wife Karen and son Gary by his side. The latter is an executive for Churchill Downs.