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Birth Date: Friday, February 15, 1946
Birth Place: Brooklyn, N.Y.
|2011 Gulfstream Record|
Photo by Barbara Livingston
Career: Saddled Musical Romance to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) after supplementing the filly for $130,000. The Calder-based Kaplan has had a number of good horses over the years, including Storm in May who won the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream in 2007 and returned $55, Mr. Livingston, who won the 2000 Palm Beach (G3), Imawildandcrazyguy, who finished fourth in the 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1), and Seacliff, who swept the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes in 1995. Other stakes winners include Goldarama, Castlebrook, Ell’s Once Again and Ravensmoor.
Other: The popular Kaplan has made his specialty winning races with inexpensive and moderately-priced 2-year-olds in training, mainly in Ocala. Kaplan was a Second Lieutenant in the Army, serving in Vietnam and eventually receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After taking flying lessons, he started Air South, a charter service that ran from South Florida to Disney World. Took out his trainer’s license in 1981.