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Birth Date: Wednesday, July 29, 1953
Birth Place: Mobridge, S.D.
|2011 Gulfstream Record|
(Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs)
Career: Capped off an incredible 2011 racing season by saddling Drosselmeyer to win the $5 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and Royal Delta to win the $2 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1). Drosselmeyer Earlier in the year, Drosselmeyer, the 2010 Belmont (G1) winner, had finished fifth in Gulfstream’s Skip Away (G3). Mott’s To Honor and Serve, who started his 3-year-old campaign at Gulfstream, went on to win the Pennsylvania Derby (G2). Other 2011 graded stakes winners for Mott included Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (G2) winner Aviate, Poker (G3) winner Courageous Cat, Brooklyn (G2) winner Birdrun and Chicago Handicap (G3) winner Devil by Design. Mott won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and Rampart with Unrivaled Belle. He won the first of his six straight Gulfstream trainer’s titles in 1993...From 1992 through 2007, Mott won nine training titles at Saratoga (his latest in 2007), 10 titles at Belmont Park and his nine here … Mott set the record for number of victories at a single Churchill Downs meeting, 54, during the 1984 spring meet ... Mott dominated the Sunshine Millions in 2008, with War Monger winning the Turf here while Quite a Bride took the Filly and Mare Turf and Go Between won the Classic at Santa Anita. The latter horse scored one of Mott’s two Grade 1 wins last year, taking the Pacific Classic while Dynaforce won the Flower Bowl ... Mott won three consecutive editions of the Gulfstream Park Handicap (1994-’96) and three straight runnings of Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (1999-’01). Captured consecutive editions of Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic in 1997 and ‘98 with Ajina and Escena; both also earned Eclipse Awards ... He will forever be linked with the exploits of Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year winner who equaled modern-day record of 16 straight wins from 1994-’96. Four of those victories came at Gulfstream Park, more than at any other track. Other stars include Paradise Creek (champion turf male in 1994), Theatrical (champion turf male and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner in 1987), and Fraise, who captured the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Gulfstream. Mott won Eclipse Awards as top trainer in both 1995 and 1996. He became the youngest trainer inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 ... Included in his meet-leading wins at Saratoga in 2007 was the victory by highly ranked 2-year-old Majestic Warrior in the Hopeful Stakes. Other: Father was a veterinarian who worked with horses and introduced him to the game ... By age 15, was training thoroughbreds at bush meets ... Went to work for Jack Van Berg before going out on his own in 1978 ... Became private trainer for Bert and Diana Firestone in 1986, then partnered with owner Allen Paulson. Keeps a full contingent at Gulfstream during meet and also trains string from Payson Park base.