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Birth Date: May 15, 1969
Birth Place: Frederick, Maryland
2013 SEASON: won 11 races at the major Maryland tracks…barn won the Harrison Johnson Stakes with Norman Asbjornson.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: top trainer in the state in 2010, winning titles at the Laurel Park winter and summer meetings…ranked in top 15 of the local standings the last eight years, including fourth place finishes in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2011…burst onto the scene with a terrific winter meet at Laurel in 2002 where he saddled eight winners from just 26 starters…won 2005 Pimlico Distaff (G3) with Silmaril, who upset champion Ashado…Silmaril won the 2008 What A Summer Stakes in her final career race to become the 17th Maryland-bred millionaire (fifth mare)-she finished her career with 12 stakes victories at five different distances for $1,032,973…Lexi Star finished her career with more than $600,000 in earnings, including five stakes victories…conditioned multiple stakes winners Deer Run and Five Steps…saddled his first winner at Laurel Park on November 16, 1997 with Runny Babbitt…named outstanding trainer by MTHA in 2007…pulled off a rare double on February 15, 2010 when Greenspring and Sweet Goodbye captured the General George (G2) and Barbara Fritchie Handicaps (G2)…Sweet Goodbye won three stakes during the Laurel winter meet, while Greenspring also won an added money race prior to the General George...won four races at Laurel on August 14, 2010 and added a pair at Charles Town that night…Norman Asbjornson finished second in the Grade 2 2011 Gotham Stakes (G2), fourth in the Wood Memorial (G1) and was 11th in the Preakness Stakes (G1)…Pretension competed in the 2012 Preakness Stakes (G1).
PERSONAL: father Phil is a steward at the Maryland tracks and a former rider who won 3,991 races in his career…all-state soccer player at Frederick High School in mid-1980’s and played collegiately at Elizabethtown University…galloped horses for trainer Donald Barr after college, including Who Wouldn’t, who won the Grade II General George Handicap in 1995.