CA Trainer Directory
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Robert Hess, Jr.
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Born into racing … Father trained at Caliente, but when the track burned in 1970, he moved his family and business to Northern California, where he still trains … Bob, Jr. played baseball at Stanford before graduating with a degree in economics … Hung out his conditioner’s shingle in 1987 and has since won two training titles at Del Mar and two at Hollywood Park … Active at the claim box, but also has conditioned such standout stakes winners as River Special, Slerp, Wekiva Springs and Guide … Has won eight stakes races at Del Mar … The seaside track has been particularly good for him; it’s where he won his first race, with Parlapiano (7/31/87); his first training title, in 1991; and his first graded stakes with River Special in the 1992 Del Mar Futurity … Among his other stakes winners are D’wildcat, Blueprint, Forty On Line, Known Heights, The Tender Track, Courageous Pirate, River Keen, Spring Meadow, National Park, Penny Marie, Chandtrue, Private World, Malley Girl, Tizakitty and multi stakes winning grass ace Chinese Dragon, hero of the San Francisco Mile last April … Family: wife, Amy; two sons, Garrison (18) and Christian (16).
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