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James Cassidy

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James Cassidy
Birth Place:New York City, NY
Residence:Monrovia, CA

Though born and raised in the Bronx, Cassidy’s heart has always been with horses — and the Bronx Bombers, as evidenced by the Yankees cap he wears every day … Attended City College of New York for one semester before committing to a life with horses … First equine experiences came with hunters and jumpers … Leased a place in Westbury, on Long Island, and kept horses there and taught prospective riders … He and his students competed in shows across Long Island and in Connecticut … Soon became involved with Thoroughbreds, beginning with layups … First job on the racetrack was with Joe Cantey, then with Frank Whiteley … Time with Cantey came when that trainer had only “about six horses, before Temperence Hill and Cox’s Ridge,” a couple of Cantey multiple stakes winners … While working for Whiteley, big horse in the barn was the spectacular filly Ruffian … After Whiteley, met and joined up with Charles Sanborn for about six years, working as assistant trainer as they covered the New Jersey-Florida circuit … Multiple stakes winner Lt. Stevens was the barn’s star at the time … Sanborn cut back on his stock after a bout with cancer, and Cassidy moved to the California circuit in 1981 … Worked as an assistant with Darrell Vienna and Brian Mayberry, and later with a veterinarian for nine years before going out on his own … Always had some horses of his own during the time with the vet … Major owner is John Elardi’s Southern Nevada Racing Stable, a connection that goes back about ten years … Ran horses in two Kentucky Derbys, finishing sixth with Jamaican Rum in 2001 and 17th with Ocean Sound in 2002 … Claims part of his success lies with his love affair with European horses, saying, “They are more professional than any horses I’ve ever seen. Instead of claiming horses in the $40,000 range here [in Southern California], I can buy one over there [in Europe] for the same money. We have done well with about 20 of them [over the years] and super with about a dozen.” … Among his best horses have been Stepoutoftheboat, Royal Torrent, Wrekin Pilot, Inca Tern, Phone Alex, Final Row, Steelaninch and Katdogawn, a multi stakes-winner … Enjoyed stakes success with Moscow Burning, a $25,000 claim in 2003 who won the Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park in May of 2004 … Had a big year in 2004 with earnings of more than $2.5 million with a stable led by Grade I stakes-winner Ticker Tape, victorious in Hollywood Park’s American Oaks. Moscow Burning and Katdogawn also contributed to the success … Won Grade I Del Mar Oaks in 2005 with Singhalese … His English-bred import Milk It Mick captured the Grade I F.E. Kilroe Handicap in ’06 … Had his second best year in 2006 with earnings of almost $2 million … Current roster of runners includes Golden Balls and Passified … Family: two sons.

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