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Bruce Headley

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Stats updated on 11/08/2018
Bruce Headley
Birth Place:Baldwin Park, CA
Residence:Arcadia, CA
Base Track:Santa Anita
Into Industry:1948
Started Training:1959

Longtime figure on the backstretches of Southern California racetracks, having taken out his trainer’s license in 1959 … Prior to that worked as an exercise rider beginning in 1949 … In 1948, was a cohort of aspiring jockey Bill Shoemaker at Suzy Q Ranch in La Puente … Prides himself on being a “developing” trainer, taking young horses through the steps from bridle to saddle to being ridden … Highlight of his career came in 2000 when he sent out Kona Gold to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs (in a track record 1:07.77), a victory which earned an Eclipse Award for the 6-year-old gelding as champion sprinter. Kona Gold — a double winner of Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Handicap — was retired in 2003 to begin a new career as a stable pony … Trainer also handled the speedy, multiple-stakes winning mare Kalookan Queen … Conditioned the outstanding distaffer Got Koko, who ended Horse of the Year Azeri’s 11-race winning streak in the 2003 Lady’s Secret B.C. Handicap at Oak Tree. She later was third to Adoration in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff … Headley’s major clients have included Kjell Qvale, Golden Eagle Farm, Old English Rancho and Frank Stronach … Among the stakes winners he’s trained are Variety Road, who upset Broad Brush, Snow Chief and Ferdinand in 1987 San Fernando at Santa Anita; Bertrando, who won the Del Mar Futurity and finished second to Arazi in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; Silveyville, Softshoe Sure Shot, Son of a Pistol, Stylish Winner, Lakota Brave, Royally Chosen and Rhythm Mad … Top horses currently are Surf Cat, winner of the 2005 Swaps Stakes and 2006 San Carlos, Potrero Grande and Mervyn LeRoy Handicaps before being sidelined by foot problems, plus Arson Squad, victor in the ’06 Swaps Stakes and the Strub Stakes this year, and the talented filly Magnificience, victress in the Santa Paula Stakes last winter … Family: wife, Aase; one daughter; one son.

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