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Helen Pitts-Blasi

Helen Pitts-Blasi
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Monkton, Maryland, United States
Birth date May 23, 1974 (age 35)
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Golden Rod Stakes (2005)
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (2005)
Raven Run Stakes (2006)
Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (2007)
La Troienne Stakes (2007)
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (2006, 2008)
Turf Classic Stakes (2008, 2009)
Clark Handicap (2008)
Santa Anita Handicap (2009)
Significant horses
Leah's Secret, Curlin, Einstein

Helen Pitts-Blasi (born May 23, 1974 in Monkton, Maryland) is an American trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses.

Born on a farm, Helen Pitts' parents were both involved in steeplechase racing. She rode ponies and horses from the time she was a young girl, competing in such things as steeplechase racing, pony racing, and fox hunting. She is a graduate of Oldfields School, an all girls boarding and day school, which produces exceptional riders. She studied at Washington College for two years before graduating with a degree in business from Villa Julie College.

After finishing her education, Helen Pitts went to work for thoroughbred trainer Francis Campitelli where she stayed for several years before joining flat racing trainer, Kenneth McPeek. She eventually became McPeek's assistant-trainer and when he decided to leave the business for a time, she became head trainer on July 1, 2005. A resident of Louisville, Kentucky, she got her first win there three days later at Churchill Downs. In October, she won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes which was not just her first Grade I win, but marked the first-ever Grade I win by a female trainer at Keeneland Race Course.

Among Helene Pitts' other successes, she is the trainer of Einstein with whom she won the 2006 and 2008 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, the 2008 Turf Classic Stakes and then defeated Commentator in winning the Clark Handicap. Notably too, the two-time American Horse of the Year Curlin was conditioned for racing by Helen Pitts for owner, Midnight Cry Stable. Unraced at age two, Pitts got the colt through physical problems and in February 2007 she saddled the three-year-old for his first win at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Two hours after Curlin's impressive 12¾ length win, the colt was sold for $3.5 million to a racing partnership who turned him over to trainer, Steve Asmussen. On September 5, 2008, Helen Pitts married Greg Blasi, whose brother Scott is Steve Asmussen's assistant trainer.



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