Trainer Mel Stute holds a cake in memory of brother Warren's birthday.
Opening Day at Oak Tree this year falls on what would have been the 88th birthday of legendary trainer Warren Stute. Born September 30, 1921, Warren Stute passed away in 2007. But his memory is still alive at Clockers' Corner, Santa Anita, where a group of trainers, riders, jockey agents, owners, and racing fans gathered Monday morning to honor him. His younger brother, trainer Mel Stute, proudly holds a massive sheet cake made by the Santa Anita pastry chefs. (It was delicious!)
Happy birthday, Warren. We all miss you.