Horses have been my passion since I was 15 years old. I grew up on Long Island and spent the weekends at either Aqueduct or Belmont Park. When I was 19, I decided to get a second job walking horses on the weekends. It turned into full time and I landed a job with Calumet Farms who was trained at the time by David Whiteley.
Moving up the ranks from Hot Walker, Groom, Foreman and finally Assistant Trainer, I stayed in the NY-FL circuit, but was determined to leave NY and be in the bluegrass state of KY. I worked for such trainers as D. Wayne Lukas, Richard Lundy and Bill Hirsch.
I was fortunate enough to work around some fine athletes. I was the groom for Cherokee Run when he won the Breeders Cup in 1994. Cherokee Run was trained by Frank Alexander. I worked for Bill Mott as a groom and foreman, taking HOY Cigar off the van upon his arrival at the Mott barn at Hialeah Racecourse. Finally, I decided to train horses in California for a year. Won my first race at Del Mar in 1998. In 1999, I was offered a job to train the babies at Pomona and Hollywood for Toffan and McCaffery. Their trainer, J. Paco Gonzalez, was one of the best horsemen I had ever worked for.
I stayed with them for 7 years and was around such horses as Bienamado, Bosque Redondo and my personal favorite Came Home.
While in Cali, I also worked a second job with the Santa Anita Broadcast Center and eventually moving to HRTV.
In 2005, I ventured back to Kentucky to be closer to my mother. I found work with Dallas Stewart at Churchill Downs. I was fortunate enough to have Lemons Forever in my care at Louisiana Downs & Oaklawn Park during the Katrina Meet.
Due to knee arthritis, I have left the hands on world and am currently doing payroll, social media and other jobs for Brad H. Cox, the trainer of Champion Monomoy Girl.I also took a job with owner Bryan Hawk, whose dream was to have a breeding farm based around his stud, G2 Placed and multiple stakes winning Code West. WestWin Farms is located in Purcell, OK. Among Code West, the farm also stands, Euroears, Pass The Buck, Mister Lucky Cat and Paint superstar, Painted Turnpike.