CA Trainer Directory
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Although stable has been somewhat quiet in recent years, veteran trainer still makes the top 10 on Del Mar’s all-time list in number of victories (263) … Career has been laced with big upset scores: Little Reb defeated Affirmed in the 1979 Malibu Stakes; Croeso defeated Copelan in the 1983 Florida Derby; Desert Wine defeated John Henry in the 1984 Hollywood Gold Cup; and Kings Island beat Greinton in the 1985 Sunset Handicap … Desert Wine finished second in the 1983 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes; won Strub Stakes and Californian, both in 1984 … Developed former claimers Pleasant Variety and Present Value into stakes-winning earners of $1 million … Grew up in Texas and got started in the business as a groom for his father, Lev Fanning … Took out trainer’s license in 1958, but didn’t start training full time until 1967 … Among Del Mar stakes won: De Anza and Coronado, three times each; Bing Crosby twice; and San Diego, Pat O’Brien and Chula Vista once each … Other top horses raced: Bruho, Reb’s Golden Ale, Akinemod, Top Corsage, Hyperborean, Ancestral and Terlago … Family: one daughter; two sons.
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