|Date of birth:||August 22, 1918|
|Place of birth:||Grafton, North Dakota|
|Date of death:||January 5, 1979(aged 60)|
|Place of death:||Los Angeles, California|
|Career highlights and awards|
CFL All-Star - 1941, 1943
|Occupation||Trainer and owner|
|Major racing wins, honours and awards|
|Major racing wins|
|Major U.S. wins:|
Suwannee River Stakes
Saratoga Special Stakes
Laurel Futurity Stakes (1964)
Garden State Stakes (1964)
Sorority Stakes (1965)
Kentucky Oaks (1966) Major Canadian Wins:
Highlander Stakes (1960)
Marine Stakes (1961)
Toronto Cup Stakes (1971)
Sky Classic Stakes (1971)
He grew up in Manitoba, Canada, where he played guard at the University of Manitoba. Lear started his professional football career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and helped the team to two Grey Cup victories. In 1944, he signed with the Cleveland Rams of the NFL becoming the first Canadian-trained player to play in the NFL. He would play a total of 4 seasons in the NFL. After his stint in the NFL, Lear returned to Canada where he coached the Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders to an undefeated season in 1948- the only CFL team to go undefeated in a season.
Following his retirement from football, Les Lear became involved in Thoroughbred horse racing both as a horse trainer and an owner.
Later life and death
- "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search". https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=V8ItAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eZ4FAAAAIBAJ&pg=6747,3918771&dq=queen's+plate+lyford+cay&hl=en. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
- "Les Lear". Associated Press. January 6, 1979. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4wIpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=C9MEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4796,2217784. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
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