Claude “Shug” McGaughey

Birth Date: Saturday, January 6, 1951
Birth Place: Lexington, Ky.

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
57 14 11 6 $1,571,485
Career: McGaughey ranked second in purses-won during the 2012-13 Gulfstream meeting. He saddled Orb for a trio of victories at Gulfstream that set him up for his 2 ½-length victory in the Kentucky Derby. Orb captured an allowance race before winning the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) and the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1). McGaughey also saddled Point of Entry for a thrilling triumph over 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1). He also visited the winner’s circle with Data Link after the Canadian Turf (G3).
 
During the 2011-12 Gulfstream Park meeting, he saddled Hymn Book for a triumph in the Donn Handicap (G1) and Hit It Rich for a win in the Orchid (G3). He also sent out Point of Entry for an allowance win, and the son of Dynaformer went on to capture three Grade 1 stakes victories in the Man o’ War, Sword Dancer and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic before finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1)
 
He has trained nine champions, including Easy Goer, Personal Ensign, Heavenly Prize, Inside Information, Queena, Rhythm, Smugglers, Storm Flag Flying and Vandlandingham. 
 
Easy Goer, the 2-year-old champion of 1988, won the 1989 Belmont Stakes, Travers, Whitney, Woodward and Jockey Gold Cup, all Grade 1 races, while finishing second behind Sunday Silence in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic. 
 
Personal Ensign, who was named top older filly or mare of 1988 after gamely winning that year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic in her 13th and final start over Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, became the first major horse to retire undefeated since just after the turn of the century. 
 
In addition to Personal Ensign, McGaughey has visited Breeders’ Cup winner’s circles with Lure (1992 and 1993 Mile; 1992 at Gulfstream), Inside Information (1995 Distaff), Storm Flag Flying (2002 Juvenile Fillies), Pleasant Home (2005 Distaff), My Flag (1995 Juvenile Fillies), Rhythm (1989 Juvenile at Gulfstream) and Dancing Spree (1989 Sprint at Gulfstream). Personal Ensign was the dam of My Flag, who, in turn, was the dam of Storm Flag Flying. 
 
McGaughey won the 1988 Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer.  
 
Other: McGaughey Grew up in Lexington Ky., the son of a real estate agent. Introduced to racing through family, but he attended the University of Mississippi for two years before leaving to become a groom for trainer David Carr. He advanced to become Carr’s assistant, then worked as a groom for Frank Whiteley before assisting Whiteley’s son David. 
 
He took out his trainer’s license in 1979 and opened a public stable the following year. 
 
His first high-profile job came as trainer for John Ed Anthony’s Loblolly Stable in 1982. 
 
His first Grade 1 victory came in the 1983 Spinster Stakes with Try Something New. He was named trainer for the Phipps family on Nov. 11, 1985.