Mary Eppler

Birth Date: April 15, 1954
Birth Place: Baltimore, MD

2017 313 48 42 40 $1,710,629
CAREER 5,497 810 710 734 $19,472,451

2017 SEASON: put together another strong year with 40 local wins, good for fifth overall … finished fourth in wins (17) and purses ($543,706) at Laurel’s winter-spring meet …. tied for second at Pimlico’s Preakness Meet with five wins, one behind Graham Motion and Kieron Magee … was eighth in wins (8) and ninth in purses ($233,511) at Laurel’s summer stand … sent Page McKenney out off a nine-month break between races to win the Native Dancer Jan. 21 at Laurel …

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: ranked second in Maryland with 45 wins in 2016 to go along with $1,434,983 in purse earnings…became the first female to win a training title at Laurel Park with 24 victories at the year-ending fall stand, eight more than Gary Capuano and Hugh McMahon…also ranked third in earnings ($615,401) and fifth in wins (15) at Laurel’s winter-spring meet…won the Native Dancer and General George (G3) with Page McKenney and the Jameela, Politely and Willa On the Move with Lovable Lady…set personal highs with 49 wins and $1,761,971 in purse earnings in 2016…got her start in racing when she was hired by the late Alfred G. Vanderbilt to break and hot-walk horses at his Sagamore Farm…also worked for late Hall of Fame trainer Grover ‘Bud’ Delp before going out on her own…won her first race in 1980 with a Maryland-bred son of Jet Traffic named Jet to Victory…entered 2017 with four career graded stakes wins: the Selima (G3) with Reach the Top and Futurity (G1) with Traitor in 1996, the 2002 Gallorette (G3) with Quidnaskra and the 2016 General George (G3) with Page McKenney…Eppler turned Page McKenney, claimed for just $16,000 in July 2013, into a multiple stakes-winning millionaire…Now 7, the gelding won 15 of his first 30 starts with 10 seconds and three thirds since joining Eppler’s barn.

PERSONAL: graduated with an accounting degree from Loyola College...worked as an actuarial analyst for a medical insurance company before joining her love of horses from her grandfather, an owner and trainer who passed away when she was just 8 years old.