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Birth Date: November 06, 1962
Birth Place: Washington, D.C.
2013 SEASON: ranked seventh in Maryland with 32 victories…moved into a tie atop the Maryland Million standings with 10 victories when Monster Sleeping won the Ladies on October 19 at Laurel Park.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: finished in the top three Maryland for 16 consecutive years (1991-2006)…leading trainer in 1991, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004…has 31 training titles at the major Maryland tracks on his resume…also had the best winning percentage in 2004, saddling winners at a 24% clip…best year was 2001 when he was the fourth leading trainer in the country with 235 wins and earned a career-best $4.4 million dollars…Heros Reward was named Maryland-based Horse of the Year for second consecutive year-season in 2008 which included a repeat victory in the Turf Sprint on the Preakness undercard and a fifth place finish in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint…Heros Reward won the won the Shakertown Stakes (G3) at Keeneland in April 2009 and finished on the board in graded races at Woodbine and Belmont Park, in a second place finish in the Jaipur Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park became the 19th Maryland-bred millionaire…won his first graded race when Prized Stamp won the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) in 2001 at odds of 17-1…Due earned the trainer his eighth win on Maryland Million day with an upset victory in the 2006 Classic…
saddled two winners on Maryland Million Day in 1999…Kimbralata won three stakes races in Maryland in 2001…won four races in one day at Laurel in 1989…saddled eight consecutive winners (seven at Laurel) during the first week of March in 2003…guided Landler to a victory in the 2003 Claiming Crown Express…maiden victory was Who’s Lucky in February 1981 at Bowie Race Course…won his 1,000th race in 1996 and 2,000th six years later…became the 27th trainer in North American history to win 3,000 races when Father Mudd captured the ninth race at Laurel Park on February 23, 2012…considers Wind Splitter (11th in the 1989 Kentucky Derby) the best horse he’s ever trained.
PERSONAL: younger brother Gary is also a Maryland-based trainer.