Oklahoma Trainer Mike Teel Succumbs to Cancer

Trainer won Grade 1 races with Runaway Wil and Some Dashing Dude.

Trainer Mike Teel has died at the age of 63.

Oklahoma trainer Mike Teel, 63, passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer. Teel was a successful conditioner of both American Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds in a career that spanned more than 20 years.

One of Teel’s biggest victories came with Runaway Wil in the $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park. Owned by C.E. Dobbins and ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., Runaway Wil upset world champion Tailor Fit in that race. Teel also saddled Some Dashing Dude to win the 2001 Heritage Place Derby (G1) at Remington Park.

Teel was a leading Thoroughbred trainer at Fair Meadows in recent years.

Teel is survived by his wife, Sue Teel; brother, John Teel, and wife, Diana Teel; daughter, Michelle Rae Teel-Rhone and husband, Russell Rhone; one grandson, Brant; four nephews Beau, Chad, Caleb and Bradley; lots of uncles and aunts that loved him very much and a special young man, Jesse.

A memorial service will be held at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 14 at 1 p.m., 3612 E. 91st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137.

To read an article by Richard Linihan of the Tulsa World on Teel’s passing, click here.

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