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Birth Date: January 29, 1945
Birth Place: Orangeburg, South Carolina
2012 SEASON: tied for eighth in Maryland with 28 winners…saddled Done Talking to a 14th place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) after winning the Illinois Derby (G3)…barn earned more than $1.1 million for the 15th consecutive year.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: second or third in the Maryland trainer standings for four consecutive years (1998-2001)…shared the 2007 Laurel Park summer meet title…captured Colonial Downs meet in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010…won three consecutive stakes in 1999 with Gin Talking, including the Maryland Million Lassie and Maryland Juvenile Filly championship…won four stakes races with Case Of The Blues in 2000…Blind Date won three stakes in Maryland in 2009 and the Virginia Oaks (G3)…Blind Date also won the 2010 Maryland Million Distaff…has saddled three winners in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship: Gin Talking (1999), True Sensation (2001) and Pour It On (2003)…first victory was with Pabida at Suffolk Downs in 1977…first stakes win with Johns Roll in the Timonium Futurity…named trainer of the year by the MTHA in 2009…won training title at Colonial Downs four times during a five-year period from 2006-2010…best year was 1999 when he set career-highs in wins (101) and earnings ($2 million).
PERSONAL: credits his brother Franklin and the South Carolina training center as a key to his success…another brother John was a jockey in the late 40’s and early 50’s.