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J. Willard Thompson

J. Willard Thompson
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Birth date March 30, 1935
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Miss Woodford Stakes (1976)
Monmouth Oaks (1985)
Young America Stakes (1989)
Cicada Stakes (1994)
Fair Haven Handicap (1997)
Spruce Fir Handicap (2007)
Jersey Girl Handicap (2007)
Racing awards
Monmouth Park Champion trainer
(1975, 1976, 1977, 2001)
Meadowlands Racetrack Champion trainer
(1980, 1981)
Raines Distinguished Achievement Award (1996)
Significant horses

J. Willard Thompson (born March 30, 1935 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. A former steeplechase jockey, he won three straight training titles at Monmouth Park Racetrack between 1975 and 1977 and again won in 2001. He also earned back-to-back titles at the Meadowlands Racetrack in 1980 and 1981.

Willard Thompson is the co-holder of two major training records at Monmouth Park. He is tied with John Tammaro III for most races won during a race meeting with fifty-five, and tied with John H. Forbes for most wins on a single racecard with four. [1]

In 1996, Thompson was the first recipient of Monmouth Park Racetrack's Virgil W. Raines Distinguished Achievement Award for his dedication to the sport of Thoroughbred racing through exemplary conduct demonstrating professionalism and integrity.



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