CA Trainer Directory
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Trainer has been around horses all his life … Family had horses while growing up in Utah … Started galloping when he was 8 years old and later rode in some races at bush tracks in the region … At 17, began racing horses at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, under his father’s name, since he didn’t have his own license … After two years, headed back to Utah before going on to race in Ohio and later at Rillito Downs in Tucson … From there he was able to work his way into some stalls at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, where he trained for a few years before moving to the Southern California circuit … His first foray into California took him to the fair circuit, but with some new clients and some better horses he took a full-time fling at the tough Southern California circuit in 2001 … Was the leading trainer at the Fairplex meet in 2001 after having tied for the top spot there in 1998 … Captured Fairplex title again in 2006 … Won first training title at Hollywood Park at its 2003 fall meet followed by his first Santa Anita title with 45 victories and a 27% winning ratio. Also was top trainer at Hollywood Park’s 2004 spring/summer session … Sent out Lusty Latin, who had finished third in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, in 2002 Kentucky Derby and colt finished 15th in the 18-horse field, but that didn’t dim the trainer’s enthusiasm one bit. Returned to Derby trail in 2003 with gelding Buddy Gil, who swept three stakes at Santa Anita, including the Santa Anita Derby, prior to finishing a troubled but creditable sixth to Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby … His Castledale won the 2004 Santa Anita Derby, but finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby to Smarty Jones … Among his astute claims has been Choctaw Nation, whom he haltered for $40,000 from his debut race at Santa Anita in February, 2004. In winning the San Diego Handicap, the 4-year-old gelding upset Pleasantly Perfect, who was making his first start since taking the 2004 Dubai World Cup. Later in the summer at Del Mar, Pleasantly Perfect would win the Pacific Classic, Choctaw Nation finishing fourth, the first loss of his six-race career. Choctaw Nation won the San Diego Handicap again in 2005 … Trainer made it an unprecedented three straight in the Santa Anita Derby in 2005, winning with 30-1 longshot Buzzards Bay who went on to finish fifth behind Giacomo in the Kentucky Derby … He also won the Grade I Shoemaker B.C. Mile with the versatile Castledale … Scored first Del Mar stakes wins in 2003 with Excess Summer in El Cajon and Real Good Deal and King Robyn in Green Flash Handicap … Among his other top horses have been Captain Squire, who won both the Grade II Laz Barrera Memorial at Hollywood Park and the Turf Paradise Derby in 2002, and L’Effaceur, winner of the 2000 Pomona Derby … His crack sprinter King Robyn pulled off a unique feat in 2003 when he won stakes at all six Southern California race meets, scoring in the San Pedro at Santa Anita, the Harry Henson at Hollywood (spring/summer), Green Flash at Del Mar, Foothill at Fairplex, Morvich at Oak Tree and Hollywood Turf at Hollywood (fall) … Journeyed to England in June of 2005 for the prestigious meet at Royal Ascot, running grass sprint stakes-winner Mighty Beau, who was unplaced in two stakes within a space of five days … Among other 2005 highlights were stakes victories by Wild Fit in the Del Mar Debutante, Brooke’s Halo in the Hollywood B.C. Oaks and Captain Squire in Oak Tree’s Ancient Title Handicap … Won his first Del Mar trainers’ title in 2005, edging out Bob Baffert 23-22, on closing day. Has won a total of nine Southern California training titles … Registered his 1,000th victory this past January at Santa Anita … His principal client is Robert Bone, the first owner to lead in wins at every race meet in Southern California during 2005 … Family: wife, Amy, who gallops horses for the stable and serves as assistant trainer; one daughter; two sons.
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