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J. Paco Gonzalez

J. Paco Gonzalez
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Yahualica, Jalisco, Mexico
Birth date March 17, 1945
Career wins not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Santa Catalina Stakes (1991)
Hollywood Oaks (1992, 2000)
Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (1992, 2000)
Swaps Stakes (1992, 1997)
Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (1993, 2001)
El Encino Stakes (1993)
Mervyn Leroy Handicap (1994)
San Juan Capistrano Handicap (1994, 2001)
San Luis Rey Handicap (1994)
San Marcos Stakes (1994, 2001)
San Bernardino Handicap (1994, 1995, 1996, 2002)
San Pasqual Handicap (1995)
Norfolk Stakes (1996)
San Felipe Stakes (1996, 1997)
Santa Anita Derby (1997, 2002)
A Gleam Handicap (1998)
Pacific Classic Stakes (1998, 2002)
Del Mar Mile Handicap (1999)
Santa Anita Handicap (1999)
San Antonio Handicap (1999)
Providencia Stakes (2000)
Triple Bend Invitational Handicap (2000)
Hopeful Stakes (2001)
San Rafael Stakes (2002)
San Vicente Stakes (2002)
Significant horses
Bienamado, Bien Bien, Came Home, Del Mar Dennis,
Free House, Mane Minister, Pacific Squall

Juan Paco Gonzalez (born March 17, 1945 in Yahualica, Jalisco, Mexico) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer.

The the fourth of six children, Paco Gonzalez grew up on a ranch near Guadalajara where his family owned Quarter horses. As a boy he was inspired to go into the Thoroughbred racing business by two older brothers who were jockeys at Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana. In 1964, Paco Gonzalez followed his brothers north to California where he found work as a stable hand for trainer Joe Manzi under whom he would learn the business for the next twenty-five years.

Joe Manzi died in April of 1989 [1] and Gonzalez took over as trainer of the stable whose clients included John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery, Canadian friends who raced as a partnership. For Toffan and McCaffrey and/or with other partners, the soft-spoken and reserved Paco Gonzalez enjoyed considerable success as the trainer of millionaire multiple Grade I winners Bien Bien, Free House, and Came Home.

  • Came Home earned US$1,835,940. His wins included the 2001 Hopeful Stakes and the 2002 Santa Anita Derby [4] and Pacific Classic Stakes.

Among other runners conditioned by Paco Gonzalez, Del Mar Dennis won three straight editions of the San Bernardino Handicap between 1994 and 1996. As well, the Gonzalez-trained filly Pacific Squall won the Grade I Hollywood Oaks in 1992.

Trudy McCaffery died in early 2007 and Paco Gonzalez continues to train horses on a smaller scale for John Toffan and wife, Cheryl.



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