100 Greatest Horse Racing Trainers of All Time?
here they are:
Jack Van Berg
D. Wayne Lukas
Richard Dutrow Jr.
H. Graham Motion
H. Allen Jerkens
Frank Merill Jr.
Marion Van Berg
Frank Whitely Jr.
W. Bret Calhoun
Alex Hassinger Jr.
Sir Michael Stoute
John T. Ward Jr.
Saeed Bin Surror
Thomas J. Kelly
Angel Penna Sr.
W. Elliott Walden
- Anonymous8 years agoBest Answer
bob baffert rite now but couldnt really do much at del mar
- 4 years ago
The greatest that ever lived was Slew. Not only was he a superhorse on the track but in the breeding shed as well. He will be forever remembered as, if not the greatest, then in the top ten. Just a few others to add into contention, Secretariat, Ruffian-the best filly EVER, Azeri, Seabiscuit, Silky Sullivan, and about a million others.
- 8 years ago
I didn't see Bart Cummings on your list. He has trained 12 Melbourne Cup winners.
Cummings received his trainer licence in 1953, and set up stables at Glenelg in South Australia. His first significant win came in 1958, when he won the South Australian Derby, the same year he bought his first yearling.
Cummings had a record total of 78 runners in the Melbourne Cup at the time of writing. Starting in 1958 with Asian Court who finished 12th behind Baystone. His next entrant was Trellios who fronted up in 1959 and finished 5th behind MacDougal. In 1960, Sometime finished in 6th place. It wasn't until 1965 that he hit the big time. With 3 runners in the Melbourne Cup, he finished first with Light Fingers, second with Ziema, and his other runner, The Dip finished 18th.
Cummings won his first Trainer's Premiership in the 1965-1966 season. Not only did he achieve his first Melbourne Cup victory that year, but he also won the Adelaide, Caulfield, Sandown, Sydney, Brisbane and Queen's cups.
In 1968, Cummings opened stables, now called Saintly Lodge, at Flemington in Melbourne, home of the Flemington Racecourse. Later that year, he won the Trainer's Premiership in both Victoria and South Australia, a feat which he would replicate in the 1969 and 1970 seasons.
In 1969, the favourite for the Melbourne Cup was Cummings' horse Big Philou, which had already won the Caulfield Cup. However, the horse was drugged illicitly with a large dose of laxative the night before the race and was unable to compete.
In 1975, Cummings moved his operations to a new facility near Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, called 'Leilani Lodge'.
In the late 1980s, Cummings spent millions of dollars purchasing racehorses, much of the money spent on behalf of a tax minimization syndicate. Unfortunately, like many other trainers Cummings was hit hard by the recession of the early 1990s. With help from Reg Inglis' organization, however, he was able to avoid bankruptcy and continue training.
On 11 December 1991, Bart Cummings was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. He was also an inaugural inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1982 for his services to the racing industry. In 2007, Australia Post placed his image on a postage stamp as part of its Australian Legends series.
Cummings' most recent Melbourne Cup winner is Viewed in 2008 race, when the horse beat Bauer in a photo finish. This was his 12th Melbourne Cup victory on the 50th anniversary of the day when he entered his first Cup runner.
So far, Cummings has achieved 264 Group 1 victories. and more than 745 stakes victories.. In addition to his 12 Melbourne Cups, he has won the Caulfield Cup seven times, the Golden Slipper Stakes four times, the Cox Plate five times, the VRC Oaks nine times and the Newmarket Handicap eight times.
In May 2008 Racing NSW announced a new horse racing award to be known as The Bart Cummings Medal which will be awarded for 'consistent, outstanding performances amongst jockeys and trainers at New South Wales metropolitan race meetings through the racing season.'
 Melbourne Cup winners
Cummings has won twelve Melbourne Cups with eleven horses:
Light Fingers (1965)
Red Handed (1967)
Think Big (1974 & 1975)
Gold and Black (1977)
Kingston Rule (1990)
Let's Elope (1991)
Rogan Josh (1999)
Cummings' Melbourne Cup trophies are on display at the Australian Racing Museum in Melbourne.
In 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975, and 1991, Cummings trained both the first and second place winners in the Melbourne Cup.
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- 8 years ago
Well it was a question until you added your own list of trainers. Now it appears to be just a statement that you have made. However, it's a good list and I know a few of the trainers quite well. :- )
....Willy Ray "Meikyo"Source(s): TB owner & Railbird TOC member in good standing
- Charles.OLv 58 years ago
There has been and never will be a trainer better than the legendary Vincent O'Brien. In his early training years he trained the winner of the Grand National three years in succession with Early Mist (1953), Royal Tan (1954) and Quare Times (1955). He asso trained Cottage Rake to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 3 years in succession from 1948-1950 becoming the best Chaser in the world for three years and one of the all time best horses. Cottage Rake joined Arkle as one of very few horses to win the Gold Cup more than once. He also traind the Champion Hurdler for three years. He trained the winner of every Classic and nearly every Group1 race in the UK and Ireland from 1958 to 1992. He trained the great Nijinsky to become the 15th winner of the triple crown which hadn't been done for 35 years and hasnt been done since then in 1970. He trained the great Derby winner Roberto who was the only horse ever to beet Brigadier Gerard when winning the Benson & Hedges Gold Cup in 1972. He also trained Derby winners in the magnificent The Minstrel and the unbeaten Golden Fleece. Overall he trained 6 Derby winners. He trained his 5th winner in the Grp1 Eclipse stakes with Sadlers Wells in 1984 who went on to become one of the worlds greatest sires. He won the Golden Jubilee 5 times along with the July Cup and trained Saritamer and and Thatching to do the same season double in those races. He also trained The Minstrel and Niinsky to win the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the same year as winning the Derby with them. He also trained Solinus to step up from winning the 5f King Stand Stakes to win the July Cup in 1978 as well as the Nunthorpe shortly afterwards to be one of the best sprinters of all time. Although he only won the Oaks twice he did it consecutive seasons. He also managed o get Thatch to win the St.James Palace stakes (1m -Grp1) and then win the July Cup with him a few weeks later over 6 before returning to 1m to win the Sussex Stakes completing a Grp1 hatrick. He also managed to win the St Leger 3 times, while getting the 1957 winner Ballymoss to win the Eclipse and Corronation Stakes the year after becoming an alltime great. He trained 8 Irish Guineas winners, as well as winning the Irish Derby 6 times with such horses as Ballymoss, Nijinsky (TC winner) and The Mistrel. He also won the Irish St.Leger 9 times and the Grp1 National Stakes 15 times. He won the Pretty Polly stakes with Irish Oaks winner Godetia. And unbeaten Derby winner Golden Fleece was traind to win the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He trained the winner of the Pirx de l'Arc de Triomphe three times with the great Ballymoss who won the St Leger, Eclipse and Corronation Stakes. He also trained Alleged to win the race twice becoming one of only very few horses to do so. He wasnt a huge fan of sending good horse to America but did win the Breeders Cup Mile in 1990 with Royal Acadamy. Overall on the flat he trained 16 Classic winners in the UK and 27 Classic winners in Ireland. In 2003 Vincent O'Brien was voted the greatest influence in horse racing history. Despite his many achievements he was only Champion Trainer in in Britain 2 times (although he was based in Ireland). While Vincent O'Brien was training for Coolmore he became part of the top horse racing stud in the world and trained horses who solidified that to the present day. Thanks to O'Brien, Coolmore had more assets availible in horse racing than ever before of after his training life. The horses he trained are still being praised today for being magnificent sires that have made todays racing greats. Vincent O'Brien was voted the greatest national hunt trainer of the 20th century, and was then voted the greatest flat trainer of the 20th century. In the vote for the greatest figure in the history of horseracing hosted by the Racing Post newspaper, Vincent O'Brien came first with 28% of the total vote. Undoubtably the best trainer that ever lived who many believed trained the best racehorse of the 20th century in the great, last Triple Crown winner Nijinsky.