CA Trainer Directory
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Juan (Paco) Gonzalez
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Came to U.S. from Mexico in 1964 and spent 24 years as an assistant to Joe Manzi before going out on his own following Manzi’s death in 1989 … Was private trainer for transplanted Canadians John Toffan and the late Trudy McCaffery, a position he accepted in 1990 … Best of their runners were multiple major stakes winners Bien Bien, who earned $2.3 million; Free House, who banked $3.1 million, and Came Home, a winner of nine of 12 starts and $1.8 million … Bien Bien won eight stakes, mostly on grass, and is the sire of Bienamado, a multiple stakes winner on turf for the Toffan-McCaffery-Gonzalez connection before also being retired to stud … Free House, a homebred by Smokester, included the 1998 Pacific Classic on his resume … Free House also won the Santa Anita Derby in 1997 en route to a series of memorable in-the-money finishes against rival Silver Charm in the Triple Crown series. Unfortunately, both Free House and his sire, Smokester, have passed away … Gonzalez was back on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2002 with Santa Anita Derby winner Came Home, who finished sixth in the Run for the Roses … Came Home went on to be Del Mar’s 2002 “Horse of the Meeting” after winning the Pacific Classic with Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero War Emblem up the track. Came Home earlier in the summer won Hollywood Park’s Affirmed Handicap to provide a fitting farewell to his jockey, Chris McCarron, who retired with 7,141 winners … Gonzalez also trained Mane Minister, who finished third in all three Triple Crown races in 1991, the only time that has happened … His other major stakes winners include Kumari Continent, Bosque Redondo, Elaborate, Del Mar Dennis, Hollycombe, Pacific Squall, Odyle, A.P. Assay and Nice Assay … Single.
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