The racing industry is in shock after the death of leading Gauteng trainer Leon Erasmus, who died in a car crash on Sunday. Erasmus, 58, was dislodged from his vehicle when it collided with an oncoming car on the Randfontein-Vereeniging road. He reportedly swerved to avoid a head-on collision and was hit on the driver’s side, saving the lives of his wife, daughter, son-in-law and one-year-old grandson travelling with him. Statistics provided by the National Horse Racing Authority show that Erasmus trained 648 career winners and enjoyed over 7,800 placed runs since the 1990-91 season, his best being a tally of 61 winners in 2012-13 and again in 2013-14. His best horses were 14-time winner Little Hampton, the sprint king of the Vaal’s sand track; grade2 Fillies Guineas winner Go Indigo, sprinters Jimmy Choo and Tiger Territory and handicappers Power Jet, Never Give Up and Virtuosity. Tributes poured in, including a touching response from Malan du Toit, the horse behaviour therapist, w...

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