CA Trainer Directory
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A graduate of the Richard Mandella school of training … Worked for Hall of Famer Mandella for 5-1/2 years as stable foreman and assistant trainer … While with Mandella had the chance to handle such nice runners as Phone Trick, Captain Vigors and Paisano Pete … Was one of several Mandella protégés to attend the trainer’s Hall of Fame induction in 2001 … Made a big splash in 2004 with Southern Image, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap and Pimlico Special, both Grade I races … Became involved with horses through his father’s ownership of Quarter Horses … Picked up a love for Thoroughbreds along the way and remembers Vigors as the first “big horse” he saw … At 14, went to work for trainer Clay Brinson mucking stalls and walking hots … At 15, spent the summer at Del Mar with Brinson horses, living in a motor home across Jimmy Durante Boulevard from the track’s stable gate … Later, moved on to work two years as a groom for trainer Henry Moreno … After that, he tied on with Mandella … Went on his own in 1989 … Won his first race on January 1, 1990 with horse named Bidadip … His father was a doctor in the military and the family moved to Southern California when Mike was a youngster … His dad still practices medicine in Orange County … Gives the late owner Gary Burke, who asked Machowsky to buy a couple of horses for him, a lot of credit for helping him get established … Stakes-winners have included Shuffling Kid, September Secret, Geronimo, Cahill Connection, Dancing Rhythm, Fencelineneighbor, Candy Factory, Sensational Score and Sandra’s Rose … Family: wife, Dana; three daughters.
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