Ernie T. Poulos
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Birth date||February 18, 1926|
|Death date||March 30, 1997|
|Career wins||not found|
|Major racing wins, honours & awards|
|Major racing wins|
Lincoln Heritage Handicap (1977)
Breeders' Cup Classic (1991)
|RICF Governor's Award (2000)|
|Black Tie Affair|
Ernest T. Poulos (February 18, 1926 - March 30, 1997) was an American Thoroughbred horse trainer. A native of Chicago, he conditioned horses at local tracks for many years but gained national attention when he took over the training of Black Tie Affair in 1989. Poulos guided the three-year-old colt through three highly successful years, capped off in 1991 with a win in the Breeders' Cup Classic and United States Horse of the Year honors.
Such was the admiration for Ernie Poulos in Chicago that when he died in 1997, his funeral was held at the Arlington Park race track. For his significant contribution to the Thoroughbred racing industry, in 2000 he was the posthumous recipient of the Governor's Award from the Racing Industry Charitable Foundation (RICF).