CA Trainer Directory
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Was assistant to Rodney Rash and took over 33-horse stable when Rash died unexpectedly of rare blood disorder on March 1, 1996 … Also had served as assistant to Gary Jones in the United States, Mark Tompkins and Ian Balding in England and Colin Hayes in Australia … Took first job in racing with Hayes shortly after graduating from high school … First graded stakes victory came when Celtic Arms won Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park March 9, 1996, three days after taking out his full trainer’s license … Served as assistant trainer for three Santa Anita Handicap winners: Best Pal (1992) and Stuka (1994) with Jones and Urgent Request (1995) with Rash … Sometimes referred to as “B.D.A. Cecil,” initials stand for Benjamin David Amherst … Nephew of famed trainer Henry Cecil, twin brother to Ben’s father … Has won Grade I races with Squeak, Donna Viola and Golden Apples … Last named captured Del Mar Oaks in 2001 in her first stateside appearance. Subsequently, Golden Apples was acclaimed champion turf female with an Eclipse Award in 2002 after major victories in the Beverly D. and Yellow Ribbon, both Grade I races … Cecil set a Del Mar course record in 1999 when he got Crystal Hearted to run a mile in 1:33 on the lawn in capturing the Wickerr Handicap … Among his other stakes aces have been Queenie Belle, Falcon Flight, Hal’s Pal, Poteen, Sandtrap, Gold and Steel, Magellan, Dernier Empereur, Red Rioja, Eurolink Raindance and Passinetti, the last-named winner of the 2003 San Juan Capistrano Handicap … Current stable includes stakes-winning Solva and Worldly … Family: wife, Kristina,children,Francesca,Hugo
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