CA Trainer Directory
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Native of Ireland has been involved in racing most of his life … Rode as an amateur for a while in Ireland; also rode jumpers early on … Worked at The Curragh for trainer Paddy Norris for several years; then was employed by another trainer, Andy Geraghty, for about the same period before coming to the United States in 1980 … Worked for a time at Earl Scheib’s Green Thumb Farm in Southern California, returned to Ireland briefly and then came back to the U.S. to stay … Worked with trainer John Sullivan, whom he had met in his first venture in this country, from 1981 to 1990 … At that point, joined the barn of trainer Bill Shoemaker as assistant trainer … Took over the Shoemaker string in the fall of 1997 when “The Shoe” retired … While with Shoemaker, helped in training of stakes winners Diazo, Fire the Groom, Glen Kate and Fine ’n Majestic … Among best horses trained on his own: Walkslikeaduck, who won the 2000 Del Mar Derby; Adminniestrator, who captured the 2003 Sunshine Millions Turf; and Self Feeder … His clients — David Bienstock and Chuck Winner — purchased the 3-year-old colt Domestic Dispute the week before the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Gallagher saddled him for a 10th-place finish in the Run for the Roses … The colt paid a dividend in 2004, though, when he captured Santa Anita’s Strub … Stakes-winners in 2004 were Festival, Needwood Blade, Ring of Friendship and Tucked Away … Won the Ack Ack Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2005 with the fast horse McCann’s Mojave for owner Mike Willman, then host of Del Mar’s intertrack television program. McCann’s Mojave also won Oak Tree’s Cal Cup Classic … Other 2005 stakes winners were Three Degrees and Tucked Away, the latter taking Del Mar’s Clement L. Hirsch Handicap … 2006 was his best year thus far with earnings of $3,021,613 and 65 victories … Star of the current stable is the grass-loving Irish-bred sophomore filly Valbenny, winner in 2007 of the Senorita Stakes and Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park … Usually has 30 to 35 horses in training … Single.
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