Thursday, November 13, 2008


Former Northern California trainer Jim Hilling, who sent out Show Dancer to a second-place finish behind Miesque in the 1987 Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park, died Tuesday night at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley from pneumonia and other complications.

Hilling, who had his son, David, and longtime companion Kit Conner at his bedside, was 66.

Hilling maintained a stable in Northern California from the mid-1970s until his retirement in the summer of 2007. In addition to managing his own horses, Hilling would often be entrusted to handle stakes runners that shipped in from Southern California. Among the trainers that regularly sent horses to Hilling was Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale.

Services for Hilling are pending.

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