Leading NY trainer Ferriola dies at 69 foxsports Dec 9, 2011 at 5:22p ET Pete Ferriola, the leading thoroughbred trainer in New York in 1987, 1991 and 1992, died Friday. He was 69 The New York Racing Association said he died in Spring Hill, Article continues below ... Fla., from complications of a stroke and chronic diabetes. Ferriola was nicknamed ”Pistol Pete” and from 1978 to 2001 he won nine titles at Aqueduct and two at Belmont Park. He retired with 1,129 wins and more than $26 million in career earnings. FOX Fantasy Auto Form a Racing Team, Compete for Prizes Play Now!