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Jonathan E. Sheppard

Jonathan Sheppard
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Ashwell, Hertfordshire, England
Birth date December 2, 1940
Career wins 1,000+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Colonial Cup Steeplechase
(1975, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000)
New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap
(1979, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994,1997, 2000, 2001, 2006)
Royal Chase for the Sport of Kings Hurdle
(2002, 2007, 2008)

Flat racing:
Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (1982, 1983)
Diana Handicap (1993, 2008, 2009)
Man o' War Stakes (2001, 2002)
Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (2001, 2002)
United Nations Handicap (2002)
First Lady Stakes (2008)
Humana Distaff Handicap (2009)
Vinery Madison Stakes (2009)
Jenny Wiley Stakes (2009)
Chicago Handicap (2009)
Arlington Handicap (2009)
Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (2009)
Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes (2009)
Valedictory Stakes (2009)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase
(1988, 1989, 1992, 1999)
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2008)
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (2009)
Racing awards
U.S. Champion Steeplechase trainer by earnings (1973-1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2007)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1990)
Significant horses
Cafe Prince, Flatterer, Highland Bud,
Storm Cat, Forever Together, Cloudy's Knight

Jonathan E. Sheppard (born December 2, 1940 in Ashwell, Hertfordshire, England) is a Hall of Fame trainer in American Thoroughbred horse racing.

Sheppard came to the United States in 1961 and in 1966 won his first race with Haffaday in a steeplechase event at My Lady's Manor, Maryland. In 1973 he won his first earnings championship in steeplechase racing. He went on to win the earnings title another twenty-three times. He has trained the winner of four Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase and holds the record for most wins in the Colonial Cup Steeplechase with eleven. Sheppard is the only trainer to win the American steeplechase Triple Crown, doing it with Flatterer, the only horse to win the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Steeplechase horse four years in a row.

In addition to steeplechase racing, Jonathan Sheppard has met with considerable success in flat racing. In both venues, he has had a long working relationship with stable owner, George W. Strawbridge, Jr. and in 2008 he conditioned Strawbridge's filly Forever Together to victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

In 1990, he was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

In 2004, Jonathan Sheppard was elected president of the National Steeplechase Association. [1]

In 2008, Sheppard joined fellow Hall of Famee inductee Sidney Watters, Jr. as the only men in American racing to have trained a champion over both jumps and on the flat. In all, Sheppard's horses have won eleven Eclipse Awards:

  • Athenian Idol (1973)
  • Martie's Anger (1979)
  • Flatterer (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986)
  • Jimmy Lorenzo (1988)
  • Highland Bud (1989)



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