HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Pierre Kleinubing has had a passion for horse racing since he was a little boy.
“I used to go to a lot of horse races in Brazil. My dad used to breed horses, and I used to run around the farm and try to catch the horse for fun,” said Kleinubing.
Although Kleinubing wasn’t able to realize his dream as a jockey, the Brazilian native has found a way to be part of Thoroughbred racing while also becoming a five-time car race champion.
Kleinubing, a five-time champion on The Speed Touring Car Series, a two-time Brazilian Touring Car Champion and winner of the World Challenge Touring Car Champion and Continental Series ST Champion, has owned horses since 2009 and currently has four stabled and racing at GP with trainer Jose Garoffalo.
On July 9, Kleinubing's The Way Belle Is, a 4-year-old filly, broke her maiden at Gulfstream. The following afternoon, Kleinubing's 6-year-old No Lift Shift finished second in a non-winners of three claiming event.
“I love all my horses," said Kleinubing, who will drive this weekend in the Northeast Grand Prix as part of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. "Even though some are young, and I know there will be struggles along the way, I know they can become better."
Garoffalo has been Kleinubing’s trainer since the beginning of the year. Kleinubing started to develop a friendship with Garoffalo when his previous trainer, Manny Wayar, passed away.
“We met at the race track with his father many years ago, they moved their horses to my barn after his previous trainer passed away and that’s how it all started,” said Garoffalo.
There friendship continues to grow every day, they have been very close friends for the past 10 years now.
“He is a great person, I am happy to have him as an owner, and besides having a business relationship we are very good friends as well which is very important in this business,” said Garoffalo.
Kleinubing envisions having one of his horses being in a Breeders' Cup one day but he knows how difficult that maybe nowadays. He will feel accomplished as an owner if one of his horses gets there.