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Considering an investment in thoroughbred racing partnerships? Our team is backed by a team of trainers with their own proven track records in the racing industry. This select stable of talented trainers only adds to the excitement of our partnership ventures in horse racing ownership. We know how to buy a winner and they know how to train a winner.

Al Stall, Jr.
This Louisiana horseman reached a career-high at the 2010 Breeders' Cup when he sent out Blame to beat the then-undefeated Zenyatta by a head in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Both runners earned Eclipse Award honors after the race – Blame becoming the season's leading older male and Zenyatta taking home Horse of the Year. They were also both retired after the Classic, Blame with a 9-2-2 record from 13 starts and earnings of $4,368,214.

In 2011, Stall took the William Donald Schaefer Memorial Stakes (G3) for the second season in a row with Apart, building off that runner's 2010 scores in the Super Derby (G2) and Super Derby Prelude Stakes as well as the Ack Ack Handicap (G3). Apart was the first horse to win both the Prelude and Super Derby since 1991. The 2010 Super Derby was Stall's second in three years; he took the 2008 edition with My Pal Charlie.

Stall has kept up an impressive run of longevity with gritty stable favorite Star Guitar, who has won a total of 17 stakes races since 2007 (four of them in 2011). The 6-year-old son of Quiet American is on a five-race win streak in Louisiana state-bred company that dates back to December of 2010, and has earned $1,365,862 with 19 wins from 25 starts.

Other stakes winners in 2011 are Spadra (Lady Razorback Futurity) Star Guitar (Evangeline Mile Handicap, Louisiana Showcase Stakes, Costa Rising Stakes, Premier Night Championship Stakes), Trubs (Super Derby Prelude Stakes, Black Gold Stakes), Kissimee Kyle (Bayou St. Johns Stakes), and Shezacrazygirl (Premier Night Distaff Stakes).

In 2010, working backward from the Breeders' Cup, Stall developed a plan designed to get Blame to the Classic at Churchill Downs. It started in an unlikely place, the William Donald Schaefer Memorial Handicap (G3) on Preakness Day at Pimlico. A month after that win, the colt earned his initial Grade 1 victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. At Saratoga, he added a big score to his resume when he ran down the highly regarded favorite Quality Road in the Whitney Stakes (G1). He finished second, four lengths behind Haynesfield in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park on Oct. 2 in his final stop on the road to the Classic.

Blame, bred and owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, emerged as the unquestionable star of the barn in 2009. He had broken his maiden with a solid five-wide move in a $50,000 race at Keeneland on Oct. 17, 2008 and was under consideration for the Triple Crown trail, but a severe abscess in a hind foot kept him sidelined for eight months and prevented him from prepping for the Kentucky Derby. Stall said he never regretted giving the colt extra time to recover. Blame won the ungraded Curlin Stakes at Saratoga in Aug. 2009 and served notice that he was to be reckoned with when he finished second in the Super Derby (G2), won the Fayette Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, and took the Clark Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs.

Stall has saddled one Triple Crown starter, Terrain, who finished seventh in the 2009 Preakness. Terrain won the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) and the Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes, was second in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) and fourth in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

My Pal Charlie was Stall's top 3-year-old in 2008, his first Super Derby winner who later finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile that season. My Pal Charlie was also second in the Louisiana Derby (G2), the Northern Dancer (G3) and the Churchill Downs Handicap (G2) that year. Stall has been training for My Pal Charlie's owner, B. Wayne Hughes, since 1997.

The trainer's first big horse on the national level was the Grade 1-winning turf star Joyeux Danseur, who won the 1998 Early Times Turf Classic (G1) and the Explosive Bid Handicap (G3). Joyeux Danseur, seventh in the 1998 Breeders' Cup Mile, was Stall's first Breeders' Cup starter. Other top trainees include multiple stakes winner Moonlight Dancer, who earned more than $400,000 and ran third in the 1995 Louisiana Derby and multiple sprint stakes-winning filly Daylight Ridge. He also saddled graded stakes winners Julianus, Formal Tango and Discreet Hero.

In 1991, Stall opened his own public stable consisting of a single horse at Arlington Park. He now trains approximately 45 runners with operations in Kentucky, New York, and Louisiana. Stall's first winner Scottish Fantasy, a horse owned by his father who won a $25,000 claiming race with a purse of $16,000 on Aug. 15, 1991.

The Louisiana native is a two-time leading trainer at his home track of Fair Grounds, winning the title outright in 1997-98 and tying fellow LSU-grad Tom Amoss for the title in 1998-99.

Stall has handled various horses for Claiborne for several years, but became the primary trainer for the legendary Central Kentucky farm at the beginning of Nov. 2007 when his former mentor Frankie Brothers retired from training. He also trains horses for the Claiborne-Adele Dilschneider partnerships, as well as horses that Dilschneider breeds and runs in her own name. Other clients include Columbine Stable, Brittlyn Stables, and Lazy Lane Farm.

As a youngster, he worked with race horses at tracks throughout his teenage years during school vacations and while he was a college student. Among his employers were Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg and longtime Claiborne trainer Frank Brothers. Stall and his three siblings have been spending time at racetracks since they were young children, but Stall is the only one making his living in the sport. He said the decision to go into racing came from that life-long association. "It was the result of living in New Orleans and going to the Fair Grounds race track," he said.

Stall grew up in a racing family. His father and his grandfather were breeders and owners. His father, Albert M. Stall, is a member of the Fair Grounds' Hall of Fame and was chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission for 28 years until retiring in 2004.

Breeders' Cup Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
5 1 0 0 $2,859,630
1998 Mile Joyeux Danseur 7th
2008 Dirt Mile My Pal Charlie 4th
  Juvenile Terrain 4th
2010 Classic Blame 1st
  Juvenile J.B.'s Thunder 9th

Bill Mott

2012 Record: (553-89-86-69)
2012 Earnings: $10,251,845
2012 Win %: 16% In-The-Money %: 44%

Mott has had 69 career Breeders' Cup starters, the first coming with Taylor's Special in the 1986 Sprint. Taylor's Special returned to the Sprint in 1987, the same year Mott picked up his first Breeders' Cup victory with Theatrical in the Turf.

Mott's eight Breeders' Cup wins have come in three races: the Turf (Theatrical, 1987; Fraise, 1992); the Ladies' Classic (Ajina, 1997; Escena, 1998; Unrivaled Belle, 2010; Royal Delta, 2011); and the Classic (Cigar, 1995; Drosselmeyer, 2011).

In Breeders' Cup history, Mott is tied for third in wins and is second with $14,441,210 in purses.

Mott has trained six year-end champions: Royal Delta, the top 3-year-old filly of 2011; Ajina, the top 3-year-old filly of 1987; Cigar, the top older male and Horse of the Year in 1995 and 1996; Escena, the top older female of 1998; Theatrical, the top turf male of 1987; and Paradise Creek, the top turf male of 1994.

Mott's phenomenal success at Churchill Downs – where he is the all-time wins leader – continued in 2012 when he captured the G1 Stephen Foster with Ron the Greek and the G2 Fleur de Lis with Royal Delta on the same June 16 card. Other graded stakes triumphs in 2012 include To Honor and Serve in the G1 Woodward, Ron the Greek in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap and Royal Delta in the G2 Delaware Handicap.

Mott has enjoyed amazing success on his birthday, winning 14 races. His 2012 birthday present was Alaura Michele, who paid $15.60 for her win on the day the Hall of Fame trainer turned 59. Since 2006, $2 win bets on each of Mott's July 29 starters generated a profit of $42.40.

In 2011, became only the second trainer to win both the Breeders' Cup Classic and Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic in the same year when he captured the Ladies' Classic with Royal Delta and the Classic with Drosselmeyer. John Shirreffs was the first to win both races when Zenyatta won the Classic and Life Is Sweet took the Ladies' Classic in 2009.

Other 2011 stakes wins included the G1 Alabama with Royal Delta, and the G1 Shoemaker Mile with Courageous Cat. Royal Delta also captured the G2 Black-Eyed Susan. Also, the G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile with Aviate (GB), the G3 Poker with Courageous Cat, the G2 Brooklyn Handicap with Birdrun, the G3 Chicago Handicap with Devil by Design, and the $1 million G2 Pennsylvania Derby with To Honor and Serve.

In 2010, Mott picked up his first Triple Crown victory with Drosselmeyer's upset of the Belmont Stakes at odds of 13-1. Mott has had only 14 Triple Crown starters: seven in the Kentucky Derby, two in the Preakness and five in the Belmont.

The son of a veterinarian, Mott would tag along on his father's rounds and, as a result, knew from an early age that his life would be spent around horses.

Owned and trained his first horse, a $320 mare named My Assets, who he ran at unrecognized meets in South Dakota, winning his first race at a recognized track with her at now-defunct Park Jefferson. Aided by purse earnings from My Assets, he spent $2,000 on a horse named Kosmic Tour, who won the South Dakota Futurity at Park Jefferson before Mott was out of high school.

Worked for three years under Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, going out on his own in the fall of 1978.

In 1998, at the age of 45, Mott became the youngest trainer ever inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., an honor previously held by Allen Jerkens.

Became the ninth trainer in North American Thoroughbred history to reach 4,000 wins with Mystic at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 7, 2010.

When Victory Gallop won the 1998 Belmont Stakes, Mott saddled the horse for trainer Elliott Walden, who was sidelined with a leg injury. Walden is now the racing manager for WinStar Farm, which owns Drosselmeyer.

Was voted back-to-back Eclipse Awards as top trainer in 1995 and 1996, and was the recipient of the New York Turf Writers Association Outstanding Trainer Award in 1995, 1995 and 2000. Along with Cigar, late owner Allen Paulson and jockey Jerry Bailey, won the Turf Publicists of America Big Sport of Turfdom Award in 1996.

Will always be best remembered for his training of Cigar, winner of a record-tying 16 consecutive races in 1995-96. The streak included victories in the 1995 Breeders' Cup Classic and the inaugural Dubai World Cup, and ended with the Arlington-Citation Challenge. Said Mott of Cigar, "He's the best horse I've ever trained. He may be the best horse anyone has ever trained."

Cigar's streak ended in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, and he closed his racing career running third in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic. Until passed by Curlin in 1998, Cigar retired as the highest money-earner of all-time with purses of $9,999,815. After a public retirement ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York, Cigar was to join the stallion band at Ashford in Versailles, Ky., but due to infertility, is living out his days as a star attraction at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Mott has won nine training titles at Saratoga, 10 titles at Belmont Park, nine at Gulfstream Park and five at Keeneland. He is the all-time winningest trainer at Churchill Downs, and set the record for number of victories at a single Churchill Downs meeting, 54, during the 1984 spring meet.

Currently has a stable of approximately 100 horses, based primarily in New York and Kentucky.

Breeders' Cup Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
69 8 9 4 $14,447,960
1986 Sprint Taylor's Special 5th
1987 Sprint Taylor's Special 6th
  Turf Theatrical (Ire) 1st
1989 Juvenile Fillies Sweet Roberta 2nd
1990 Juvenile Take Me Out 2nd
1991 Classic Chief Honcho 8th
  Sprint Take Me Out 7th
1992 Mile Paradise Creek 2nd
  Turf Fraise 1st
1993 Mile Lech 11th
  Mile Paradise Creek 8th
  Turf Fraise 4th
1994 Distaff Link River 8th
  Turf Dahlia's Dreamer 12th
  Turf Fraise 11th
  Turf Paradise Creek 3rd
1995 Classic Cigar 1st
  Distaff Vinista 10th
1996 Classic Cigar 3rd
1997 Classic Dowty 3rd
  Distaff Ajina 1st
  Distaff Escena 3rd
  Mile Geri 2nd
1998 Distaff Escena 1st
  Juvenile Fillies Confessional 9th
  Mile Favorite Trick 8th
  Turf Yagli 2nd
1999 Classic Vision and Verse 9th
  Mile Garbu 13th
  Turf Royal Anthem 2nd
  Turf Yagli 4th
2000 Classic Vision and Verse 7th
  Filly & Mare Turf Snow Polina 4th
  Mile Hap 9th
  Mile King Cugat 11th
  Sprint Dream Supreme 6th
  Turf Down the Aisle 12th
  Turf Subtle Power (Ire) 10th
2001 Turf Hap 5th
2002 Mile Del Mar Show 7th
2004 Mile Silver Tree 5th
2005 Distaff Sweet Symphony 9th
  Filly & Mare Turf Wend 6th
  Mile Sand Springs 11th
  Turf Gun Salute 8th
  Turf Shakespeare 12th
2006 Filly & Mare Turf My Typhoon (Ire) 6th
  Juvenile Got the Last Laugh 13th
2007 Juvenile Z Humor 5th
  Juvenile Fillies Zee Zee 8th
  Juvenile Turf Prussian 10th
  Mile My Typhoon (Ire) 13th
  Sprint Forefathers 10th
2008 Classic Go Between 5th
  Filly & Mare Turf Dynaforce 8th
  Juvenile Pioneerof the Nile 5th
  Mile War Monger 7th
2009 Dirt Mile Mr. Sidney 7th
  Filly & Mare Turf Dynaforce 8th
  Ladies' Classic Mushka 2nd
  Mile Courageous Cat 2nd
2010 Ladies' Classic Unrivaled Belle 1st
  Mile Proviso (GB) 7th
  Turf Al Khali 7th
2011 Classic Drosselmeyer 1st
  Classic To Honor and Serve 7th
  Ladies' Classic Royal Delta 1st
  Marathon Birdrun 2nd
  Mile Courageous Cat 13th

Tom Bush
Born in Indianapolis, IN, Tom Bush enjoyed a 2005 record with 210 starts, 40 1st place finishes, and earnings of more than $2 million. Tom won the 1986 Bernard Barcuch at Saratoga with Exclusive Partner. His introduction to racing was through a family connection. My uncle Bill was best friends with Frank Myers, also raised in Indianapolis. In fact, they were each best men at each other's weddings. Myers was the son of a trotting trainer and he remains one of the best horsemen I've ever met. Frank and his wife, Lois, owned Someday Farm in Ocala, and I went to work for them. Tom also worked for Steve and Allen Jerkins, Angel Penna, and Richard Mandella before going out on his own. Back to trainers main page

Bruce Levine
Bruce developed his passion for horses by going to Belmont throughout his childhood. After graduating from college with a degree in business, Bruce began a 3 year apprenticeship, then became a licensed trainer. A licensed trainer for 24 years, Bruce has trained nearly 50 stakes winners, won over 500 races, won over $11 million in purses, and trained two NY-bred champions. He has been ranked in the top ten trainers in both Aqueduct and Saratoga meets in the past ten years, and has won two stakes races just in the past week. Bruce has trained many special horses over the years, but one of his favorites is Coyote Lakes, who won the Gallant Fox three years in a row. This feat has never been accomplished before or since. After a brief retirement, Coyote Lakes is actually back in training with Bruce as a 10 year old. Back to trainers main page

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-PGR Member Kara Dugan

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-PGR Member
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