Phone: (215) 518-0604
Location: Unionville, PA
Success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. When it comes to horses, I believe preparation is the absolute key to success. Because my job is to find and, often times, create, success for each horse under my care--be it over jumps, on the flat, or anything in between--I focus primarily on two objectives: preparation and placement. Preparing a horse to run successfully requires that it be fit for the intended race, which begins with choosing the race and then working backwards to map out the horse’s course of training. I utilize all tools available to me, including my farm’s facilities for flatwork, schooling (hurdles and timber), and galloping, the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, the all-weather Tapeta training track at the Fair Hill Equine Training Center, the swimming pool at Maui Meadows, the Cheshire Fox Hunt, the Springdale Training Center in Camden, SC, and many cutting edge equine therapies offered by local providers. Because I primarily train the horses off of my farm, they are turned out daily and, often times, live in grass paddocks where they can enjoy being horses.
My Experience and Background
I started racing ponies at the age of 9. When I won my first race on TinkerBell, I was hooked. At 13, I acquired Twin Nora, and she won 27 straight races with me as her pilot. At 16, I began riding sanctioned races and won my first flat race at Aiken aboard Popular Hero for Skip Brittle. Later that summer, I won my first jump race on T V Warrant for my parents. During that time, I worked for W. Burling Cocks and continued under his tutelage for my entire career as a jockey, which lasted a decade. In 1986, I won my first champion jockey title and Mr. Cocks was champion trainer. I rode the wave into the next year and earned champion jockey for a second time. All in all, my jockey career ended with 130 winners, ranking 24th on the all-time rider’s win list. In 1991, I started training horses in my own right.
Sly Bandit was my first winner trained in 1991, and from there it was all history. Particular standouts include: 1996 Champion Timber Horse, Where’s Pepo, 2001 Champion 3 Year Old, Beaux Beau; 2004 Grade I Iroquois and New York Turf Writer’s winner, Très Touché (currently, 13th leading horse over jumps); 2006 Champion 3 Year Old, Jimmie Echo; 2007 Champion 3 Year Old, CR’s Deputy; and, somewhere along the line two Champion Claimer’s, Corruption and Eagle Beagle. More recently, 2017 was a banner year, highlighted by my mother’s Surprising Soul winning the Marcellus Frost Novice Race ($100k), George Mahoney’s Swansea Mile winning the Grade I A.P. Smithwick ($150k), and Ben Griswold’s and George Mahoney’s Zanjabeel winning the Aflac Supreme Novice Race ($75k), all contributing to a second place in trainer standings with 14 wins from 57 starters. Currently, 10th on all-time leading trainers list with $4,093,948 in earnings.