Birth Date: Wednesday, July 29, 1953
Birth Place: Mobridge, SD
2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Career: During the 2012-13 Gulfstream meeting, Mott visited the winner’s circle after stakes victories by Ron The Greek in the Sunshine Millions Classic, Starformer in the The Very One (G3), Amira’s Prince in the MacDiarmida (G2), Royal Delta in the Sabin (G3), and Cigar Street in the Skip Away (G3). He finished third in purses-won and second (tied with Michael Maker) in wins during the meeting.
Royal Delta went on to notch Grade 1 victories in the Personal Ensign and Delaware Handicap. Ron The Greek romped to victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). Mott also enjoyed Grade 1 success with Close Hatches (Mother Goose and Cotillion) and Emollient (American Oaks and Spinster).
He finished fourth in earnings and races-won during the 2011-12 Gulfstream meeting. He scored a stakes victory with Newsdad in the Pan American (G2). His major stakes victories of 2012 include To Honor and Serve’s success in the Woodward (G1) at Saratoga, Flat Out’s successful defense in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) and Royal Delta’s 9-length score in the Beldame (G1) at Belmont. Royal Delta was named champion 3-year-old filly last season after running away with the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. She defended her title in the Ladies’ Classic in 2012.
Mott also visited the 2011 Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle with Drosselmeyer after his triumph in the $5 million Classic.
He was honored with his third Eclipse Award as top trainer in 2011, after winning racing’s highest prize in 1995 and 1996.
Mott’s stellar career will always be linked to the exploits of the great Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year winner who at the time equaled the modern-day record of 16 straight wins from 1994-’96. Four of those victories, including the 1995 Donn Handicap (G1) came at Gulfstream Park, more than at any other track.
In addition to Cigar and Royal Delta, Mott has trained Eclipse champions, Ajina, Escena, Paradise Creek and Theatrical.
Mott won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and Rampart (G3) 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.
Mott won three consecutive editions of the Gulfstream Park Handicap (1994-’96) and three straight runnings of Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (1999-’01). He captured consecutive editions of Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic in 1997 and ‘98 with Ajina and Escena.
He became the youngest trainer (45) inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998
Other: His father was a veterinarian who worked with horses and introduced him to the game.
By age 15, he was training thoroughbreds at bush meets.
He went to work for Jack Van Berg before going out on his own in 1978.
He became private trainer for Bert and Diana Firestone in 1986, then partnered with owner Allen Paulson. He keeps a full contingent at Gulfstream during the meet and also trains a string from his Payson Park base.