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Richard E. Mandella

Richard Mandella
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Altadena, California Flag of the United States
Birth date November 5, 1950
Career wins 1750+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Bing Crosby Handicap (1978, 1994)
Longacres Mile Handicap (1978)
Ancient Title Stakes (1990)
Beverly D. Stakes (1990)
Railbird Stakes
(1992, 1996, 1998, 2009)
Santa Anita Oaks (1992)
Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes
(1993, 1994, 2002, 2006)
Eddie Read Handicap (1993, 2001)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (1993, 1997, 2003)
Hollywood Futurity (1994, 2007)
Strub Stakes (1995, 1999, 2005)
Turf Classic Stakes (1995)
United Nations Stakes (1995, 1996)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1996, 1997)
John C. Mabee Handicap (1996)
Pacific Classic Stakes (1996, 1997, 2004)
Oaklawn Handicap (1997, 2002)
Santa Anita Handicap (1997, 1998, 2005)
Pimlico Special (1997)
Ballerina Stakes (1998)
Carter Handicap (1998)
Metropolitan Handicap (1998)
Donn Handicap (1999)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (2000)
Arcadia Handicap (2001)
Goodwood Stakes (2002, 2003, 2005)
Hollywood Derby (2002)
Del Mar Futurity (2003, 2006)
Arlington Million (2006)
Robert B. Lewis Stakes (2008)
Thunder Road Handicap (2009)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (1993, 2003)
Breeders' Cup Turf (1993, 2003)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2003)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2003)

International wins:
Dubai World Cup (2004)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2001)
Significant horses
Action This Day, Dare and Go, Gentlemen
Halfbridled, Johar, Kotashaan, Malek, Phone Chatter
Phone Trick, Pleasantly Perfect, Rock Hard Ten
Sandpit, The Tin Man, Siphon

Richard E. Mandella (born November 5, 1950 in Altadena, California) is a Thoroughbred horse trainer and a member of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.

Mandella's father, a blacksmith, introduced him to horses at an early age and while still in high school he began starting and training horses at a nearby ranch. He spent a year in New York as assistant to Lefty Nickerson and then took a job with Texas horseman Roger Braugh in 1974.

Two years later, Richard Mandella returned to California and opened his own stable. His wins began almost immediately with Bad 'n Big and continued with Phone Trick, Dare and Go, and Pleasantly Perfect. Between 1996 and 1998 Mandella won six straight million dollar races in Southern California with Dare and Go, Siphon, Gentlemen and Malek. Mandella has seen six of his horses run in the Kentucky Derby.

Mandella was inducted in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 2001 and in 2003 he had four winners in the Breeders' Cup: Pleasantly Perfect, Johar, Halfbridled, and Action This Day.

In 2006 Mandella wrote the introduction to Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, by photographer-author Karen S. Davis, the first full-color art book documenting morning thoroughbred racetrack training. "Most people who enjoy racing don't realize how special these early hours are, watching ... the relationship between horse and man," he wrote.

Richard Mandella lives in Bradbury, California with his wife Randi, son Gary (also a trainer) and daughter Andrea.



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