CA Trainer Directory
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The son of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella had a breakout year in 2005 with his first Grade I victory when Taste of Paradise won the Vosburgh Handicap at Belmont Park … Mandella then saddled Taste of Paradise to the narrowest of defeats in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint; a claim of foul against the winner, Silver Train, was disallowed … Taste of Paradise brought the trainer his first graded stakes win with a victory in the Grade III Vernon O. Underwood Stakes in the first race after taking over training the horse … Horse posted a stakes record of 1:08.04 … Other stakes wins in 2005: Ralph M. Hinds Handicap at Fairplex Park with Courtly Jazz and the Beau’s Eagle with Charmvictor … Other stakes wins: 2003 Pepper Oaks Farm Stakes with Le Mans and 2002 Pinjara and 2003 Sham Stakes with Man Among Men … Went to work for his father full time in 1995 after a five-month stint at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky … Saddled these stakes horses while working for his father through 1999: Wild Rush in the Illinois Derby and Metropolitan Handicap, Atticus in the Oaklawn Handicap, Redatorre in Del Mar’s Eddie Read Handicap, Stop Traffic in the Ballerina, and Sandpit in the Hollywood Turf Cup … Left training for two years while working as an analyst for TVG, but returned to work as his father’s chief assistant in 2002 before assembling his own stable … Star of the barn is the Japanese-bred grass horse Silent Name, winner of the 2006 Arcadia Handicap. Tried on Polytrack at Keeneland this spring, the son of Sunday Silence was an upset winner of the Grade II Commonwealth B.C. Stakes … Stable also includes the stakes-class 3-year-old Albertus Maximus … Family: wife, Lucinda, the director of owner services for the Thoroughbred Owners of California; one son. A third generation horseman, Gary began working for his father at the age of 12 during summer vacations – learning the business from the ground up. He was his father’s head assistant for 6 years. He was in charge of his father’s second string of horses, overseeing their care and having regular discussions with owners. In June of 1999, Gary took two years off from the racetrack to work as a racing analyst for Television Games Network (TVG). During his employment at TVG he worked on several location-shows in Kentucky, Maryland, and New York, including events highlighting the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championship. Gary opened a public stable in 2002, based in Southern California, with just 4 horses. He now has a full size operation with 30 horses in training and over 20 employees, has won over 50 races, and had 7 stakes winners.
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