Horse racing has become a staple of American society. Over the years, the country has produced some of the best horses and trainers of all time. If you follow horse racing, you probably know a little bit about some of these trainers. If not, you’re going to want to familiarize yourself with them right away. Within this in-depth guide, you’re going to learn a great deal more about America’s top horse trainers.
It is easily arguable that Todd Pletcher could very well be America’s best horse trainer of all time. Pletcher was born in Dallas, Texas in 1967. Over the years, Pletcher has managed to win the Eclipse Award seven times. He has trained some of America’s top horses, including Super Saver and Always Dreaming. His horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
Todd is married to his wife, Tracey. They now reside in Long Island, New York and have three children together. If you know anything about horse racing, there is a good chance that you’ve heard of Todd at some point or another. He has definitely secured a place in horse racing history.
Chad Brown is along well-known American horse trainer. He is best known for his specialist of turf horses. Over the years, Chad has trained a handful of Eclipse Award winners. This includes Big Blue Kitten, Flintshire and Stacelita.
Brown received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 2016. Then, he went on to win his very first Triple Crown race in 2017 by winning the Preakness Stakes with Cloud Computing. This 39-year-old trainer is still early in his career. There is a good chance that his name will be around for many years to come.
Robert A. Baffert, who is best known as Bob Baffert, is one of America’s top horse trainers. He trained American Pharoah, which went on to win the 2015 Triple Crown.
Over the years, his horses have won seven Preakness Stakes, two Belmont Stakes, three Kentucky Oaks, and five Kentucky Derbies. Baffert grew up in Arizona and was raised around cattle and chicken. He was first introduced to horses at the age of 10. Since then, he has found houses to be his passion.
Jerry Hollendorfer is one of the longest running horse trainers in the United States. He has trained a whole array of horses and has managed to accumulate more than 7,100 career wins. Some of his horses have gone on to become Eclipse Award winners. This includes Shared Belief, Songbird and Blind Luck.
He is also known for having the most wins in the entire history of Northern California trainers. In 2011, Jerry was added to the United States Racing Hall of Fame. Suffice to say he has been very successful over the years.
William Mott was born in 1953 in Mobridge, South Dakota. This American horse trainer has accumulated more than 3,700 career wins and he is still training horses. Mott is best known for training Cigar. This horse managed to win 16 consecutive races when competition against top-class horses. Mott received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer two years in a roll in 1995 and 1996. He was also added to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1998. At the time, he was just 45 making him the youngest trainer ever inducted.
50-year-old Doug O’Neill was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. At this point in time, he lives in California. O’Neill has won some of the biggest races ever. At this point in time, he has more than 2,000 career wins.
He was responsible for training I’ll Have Another, which went on to win the 2012 Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby.
Michael Trombetta is an American horse trainer based out of Maryland. He has managed to build a national profile for himself. At this point in time, Trombetta trains roughly 100 horses at Fair Hill, Gulfstream, and Laurel Park in South Florida. He is best known for training the favorite horse at the 2006 Kentucky Derby race.
Trombetta is no stranger to horses. After all, he grew up around a track and his father actually owned a few horses.
Claude McGaughey III
Claude “Shug” McGaughey III was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1951. This American Hall of Fame trainer has managed to rack up 2,000 wins and he is still at it. He began his career as a trained in 1979. He has won at least 240 graded stakes states. In 1998, Claude managed to win the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.
Over the years, he has won several big races and awards, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Travers Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Derby. Plus, Claude was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2004! He has ultimately made a place for himself in horse racing history.
Steven Mark Asmussen
Steven Mark Asmussen was born on November 18, 1965, to Keith and Marilyn Asmussen. With a long family history of horse training and jockeying, Asmussen developed a love for horses early in life. His mother became the first women to win a quarter horse race in 1978 when she competed in the Kansas Futurity. Today, Marilyn and Keith operate one of the most popular trainings and breeding facilities in Laredo.
Asmussen has a long list of wins under his belt and total earnings of $14,137,838. He has accomplished multiple wins in several horse races, including the Mother Goose Stakes, Arkansas Derby, Woodward Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup and many more.
Brad H. Cox
Brad H. Cox was born on March 30, 1980, in Louisville, Kentucky, within close proximity of Churchill Downs. He began working under trainer Jimmy Baker and Burt Kessinger at a young age. He was later offered an assistant position with trainer Dallas Stewart. Cox’s solo career did not begin until 2005. He has trained several graded stakes, Call Pat and Chocolate Ride, and top-tier runners, Almasty, Carve and Spelling Again.
At the Fair Grounds meet in March 2018, Cox was the leading trainer with 54 winners.