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Richard Mandella

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Richard Mandella
Birth Place:Altadena, CA
Residence:Pasadena, CA
Base Track:Santa Anita
Started Training:1974
Worked Under:Lefty Nickerson

Among the game’s creme de la creme of the conditioning set … Finished 2006 with career totals of 1,726 victories and earnings of $105,126,854, eighth all-time … Hit a career highpoint in 2003 with four Breeders’ Cup championships at Oak Tree - Halfbridled in Juvenile Fillies; Action This Day in Juvenile; a deadheat for first with Johar in the Turf, and Pleasantly Perfect in Classic … Purse earnings for 2003 placed him fourth in the nation … Pleasantly Perfect also won the 2004 Pacific Classic, Mandella’s third success in Del Mar’s signature race, and the Dubai World Cup. Pleasantly Perfect completed his career by finishing third behind Horse of the Year Ghostzapper in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Lone Star Park, winding up with total earnings of $7,789,880, fourth on the all-time list behind Cigar ($9,999,815) … Brings a youthful outlook and attitude to match up with his old-school work habits and attention to detail … Was elected to Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame in 2001 … Showed he runs a special stable when he won his sixth consecutive $1-million race in Southern California in the 1998 Santa Anita ’Cap with Malek … Prior to that he’d captured the Pacific Classic twice (Gentlemen in ’97, Dare and Go in ’96), the Hollywood Gold Cup twice (Gentlemen in ’97 and Siphon in ’96), and the ’97 Big ’Cap with Siphon … Not only won ’97 Big ’Cap, but finished second (Sandpit) and third (Gentlemen), too … Has won 44 stakes at Del Mar, sixth best on track’s all-time list, including the ’06 Del Mar Futurity with Horse Greeley … Leading trainer at the shore oval in 1990 … Won unprecedented (at the time) four stakes races on Breeders’ Cup day at Oak Tree in 1993: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with Phone Chatter, Breeders’ Cup Turf with Kotashaan, Skywalker Handicap with Region and Smile Handicap with Memo … Phone Chatter and Kotashaan won Eclipse Awards that year and Kotashaan was voted Horse of the Year … Trained sprint star Phone Trick, who won his first nine, including five stakes, and finished second to Smile in that year’s Eclipse balloting; Phone Trick sired Phone Chatter and Favorite Trick, 1997’s Eclipse winner as top 2-year-old and Horse of the Year … Started in the business as an aide to his blacksmith father at Beaumont, California … Later worked at Three Rings Ranch for three years and Farrell Jones’ ranch for one year … Broke and galloped horses for owner Connie Ring while he was in high school at Beaumont … Was an assistant for 18 months for V.J. (Lefty) Nickerson in New York before taking a job as private trainer for Roger Braugh in 1974 … Opened his public stable in 1976 … First major stakes winner was Bad N Big, 1977 champion Cal-bred 3-year-old and 1978 older horse … His former assistants include son Gary, Dan Hendricks, Chris Baker, Beau Greely and Michael Machowsky … Grade I victories in 2006 were The Tin Man in the Arlington Million and Clement L. Hirsch Memorial and Boboman in the Hollywood Turf Cup. Mandella worked his Hall of Fame magic again with nine-year-old gelding The Tin Man this spring. Returning from an eight-month layoff, the son of Affirmed won the Grade I Shoemaker Mile … Among his major stakes horses are Kudos, Redattore, Dessert, Noches de Rosa, Best Pal, Atticus, Bel’s Starlet, Soul of the Matter, Afternoon Deelites, Matiara, Talloires, Romarin, Wild Rush, Leger Cat, Event of the Year, Virginie, Dixie Union, Puerto Madero, Lexicon, Siphonizer, Rock Hard Ten, Spellbinder and Unbridled Energy … Was a key player in a major bit of racing history as he gave Laffit Pincay, Jr. a leg up on Irish Nip at Hollywood Park late in 1999 when the Panamanian rode winner no. 8,834 to break Bill Shoemaker’s record … Family: wife, Randi; one daughter; one son, Gary, who has his own stable following a two-year stint as a commentator for TVG network.

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