In this blog we’ll head over to the US and explore who in my opinion are the Top 5 US Race Horse Trainers:
Bob Baffert has always been a big force in American Horse Racing, but he’s taken his career to new level in recent years with a hat-trick of Breeders Cup Classics with Bayern, Arrogate – and revered Triple Crown hero American Pharaoh. He’s also won four Kentucky Derbies, two Kentucky Oaks, two Belmont Stakes, 6 Preakness Stakes, and been the leading money-winner 4-times – not bad for a boy who grew-up on a ranch in Arizona.
James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons
Fitzsimmons may be a blast from the past, but he remains the only trainer to have trained two winners of the Triple Crown. He began his career in horse racing way back in 1885 as a stable boy at the tender-age of just 11, before becoming a jockey. On becoming too heavy to ride, he took out a trainer’s license before going on to win 2,275 races. He won 3 Kentucky Derbies, 4 Preakness Stakes, and 6 Belmont Stakes, and was also Champion Trainer 5-times between 1930 and 1955. Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935) were his Triple Crown Winners.
The leading Breeders Cup winner wasn’t born with horse racing in his blood, and his first career was as a high-school basketball coach. He did that for 9-years before he started training Quarter-Horses, establishing himself as a man who knew what he was doing with 24 World Champions in 10-Years. The progression to training thoroughbreds was an obvious one, and he has since been Champion Trainer 14-times, becoming the first trainer to win more than $100 million in prize-money. He hasn’t trained one horse to complete the Triple Crown, but became the first trainer to sweep the Triple Crown Races with different horses in the same season. He also became the most-winning trainer of the Triple Crown Races when usurping Fitzsimmons in 2013, and his record of 20 Breeders Cup wins is 6 better than nearest rival Bob Baffert
William I. Mott to give him his full name, is the youngest trainer ever to be inducted into America’s Horse Racing Hall Of Fame – however, he is probably better known for his association with the mighty Cigar. He was another who worked his way up from humble beginnings as a stable boy, and is now widely-regarded as the best turf trainer in the US.
Asmussen trained the most winners in a season in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009, and raised the bar when it came to the number of winners trained in a single season. He saddled 407 winners in 2004, then set a new-record with 555 winners, which was 59 more than the previous record which had stood since 1976. He then beat his record a further twice with 622 winners in 2008 and 623 in 2009, and is the second-most winning trainer of all time with 7,287 wins.