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Birth Date: June 29, 1965
Birth Place: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2012 SEASON: ranked seventh in the local standings with 29 winners…finished in the top 10 during the Laurel Park winter and Pimlico spring stands…since 2000 he has won 1,029 races at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course with 18 titles…overall finished 19th in North America with 136 trips to the winners’ circle.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: top conditioner in the country in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006, when he won 528 races…finished second in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009…finalist for the Eclipse Award for top trainer in ’00 and ’01…in 2001 became the second trainer ever to saddle 400 winners in a season with 407 (Jack Van Berg won 496 in 1976...Steve Asmussen joined the club in 2002, broke the 500 win mark in 2004 and established a new record of 622 in 2008)…topped Maryland standings in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009…second in the Maryland standings in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2010 and was third in 2002…in 2000 won 107 of 288 races in Maryland, an incredible 37% winning percentage…saddled a winner for seven consecutive days in November during 2004 Pimlico fall stand…his biggest score was claiming Shake You Down from the Laurel barn of Luigi Gino in 2003 and turning the horse into one of the best sprinters in the country, winning three graded races and finishing in the money in a pair of Grade 1’s (second in Breeders’ Cup Sprint and third in De Francis Dash)…biggest win in Maryland was by My Cousin Matt, who won the 2003 General George Handicap (G2)…conditioned Thunderello to a second place finish in the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1)…took Leave It To Beezer from claiming horse to graded stakes winner, when he won the Baltimore Breeders’ Cup (G3) in 2000…first win with Niminy Piminy at Penn National in June 1987…won his 4,000th race on October 31, 2007 with Hickory Trick at Penn National…had a four-win afternoon at Laurel on Jan. 17, 2009… became the sixth trainer in North American history to win 5,000 races when Communicator wired the field at Laurel Park on December 15, 2010.
PERSONAL: married to former rider Jennifer Stisted.