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Claude R. McGaughey III

Shug McGaughey
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Lexington, Kentucky,
United States
Birth date January 6, 1951
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Apple Blossom Handicap (1978, 1995)
Spinster Stakes (1983, 1984, 1995, 2008)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1985, 1989, 1993)
Washington, D.C. International Stakes (1985)
Alabama Stakes (1986, 1991, 1994, 2006)
Champagne Stakes (1986, 1988, 1989)
Diana Handicap (1986)
Beldame Stakes (1987, 1988, 1993, 1994)
Jamaica Handicap (1987, 1990)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1988)
Whitney Handicap (1988, 1989)
Travers Stakes (1989, 1990, 1998)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1989, 1998)
Carter Handicap (1990)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1992)
Bonnie Miss Stakes (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997)
Brooklyn Handicap (1993)
Turf Classic Stakes (1993)
Acorn Stakes (1994, 2000)
Ashland Stakes (1994, 1996, 1997)
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (1994)
Top Flight Handicap (1994, 2001, 2004)
United Nations Handicap (1994)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1996, 2005)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (1998)
Hollywood Derby (2004)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Belmont Stakes (1989)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (1988, 1995, 2005)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (1989)
Breeders' Cup Sprint (1989)
Breeders' Cup Mile (1992, 1993)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (1995, 2002)
Racing awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer (1988)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2004)
Significant horses
Easy Goer, Personal Ensign, Heavenly Prize, Inside Information, Lure, Coronado's Quest, My Flag, Pine Island, Pleasant Home, Rhythm, Smuggler, Storm Flag Flying, Vanlandingham, Dancing Spree

Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey, III (born January 6, 1951 in Lexington, Kentucky) is an American Hall of Fame thoroughbred horse trainer. He has earned wide respect in the industry as a man of great integrity.

Shug McGaughey began working as a trainer in 1979 and in his career to date has won more than 240 graded stakes races. In 1986 he got his big break when Ogden Phipps hired him to train his stable of horses. In 1988, McGaughey won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in the United States. Among his many winners, he has captured the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Travers Stakes three times each and won the 1989 Belmont Stakes with Hall of Fame Champion Easy Goer. McGaughey's nine Breeders' Cup victories ranks second to D. Wayne Lukas. Among the other horses he has trained are back-to-back Breeders' Cup Mile winner Lure and Hall of Famer, Personal Ensign. McGaughey has accomplished the rare trifecta of training a Breeders Cup winner, her daughter, and her granddaughter in the troika of Personal Ensign, My Flag and Storm Flag Flying.

In 2004, Shug McGaughey was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. At his induction ceremony, Shug McGaughey said: "My deepest debt of gratitude always has been and always will be to the Phipps family" -- "My affiliation with the Phipps family is one of the great highlights of my life. I wouldn't be here without them."



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