Ralph Nicks

Birth Date: Sunday, January 22, 1967
Birth Place: Avery, TX

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
36 9 8 5 $344,813
Career: Nicks saddled his first Grade I winner in May when Aubby K won the Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs. The filly had previously won Gulfstream's Inside Information (G2). 
 
He branched out on his own in 2004 after serving as assistant to Hall of Famer Bill Mott for 14 years. 
 
He registered his first graded-stakes winner in 2005 when Cool Conductor won the $200,000 Dixie Handicap (G2) on the Preakness undercard. He trained stakes-winning turf sprinters Onthedeanslist and Dynamist. 
 
Other: Nicks is a second-generation horseman, the son of Midwestern trainer Morris Nicks. His tenure with Mott included working with two-time Horse of the Year Cigar and Breeders' Cup champions Fraise, Ajina and Escena. "I like think I got my bachelor's degree in horse training under my dad and my master's under Bill Mott," he said.