April 10, 1944|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
February 12, 2007|
Rancho Santa Fe, California
|Residence||Rancho Santa Fe, California|
Thoroughbred Racing executive|
|Board member of||
Edwin J. Gregson Foundation|
National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities
California Thoroughbred Breeders Association
Oak Tree Racing Association
Thoroughbred Owners of California
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
|Parents||Maxine & Melvin Hanson|
|1) Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Owners of the Year (1997)|
|2) National Thoroughbred Racing Association Commissioners Cup (2002)|
|3) Clay Puett Award (2004)|
Trudy V. McCaffery (April 10, 1944 - February 12, 2007) was a prominent Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder in California who served on the Board of Directors of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, the NTRA Charities, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the Oak Tree Racing Association, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, and was a Trustee with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Born Trudy Hanson in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, she was the daughter of Minnesota-born Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee Melvin "Fritz " Hanson and a his wife, Maxine. As a young girl growing up in Calgary, Alberta, she became an accomplished equestrian. As an adult, in addition to participating in the sport of horse racing, she was an avid and good golfer.
While living in Rancho Santa Fe, California, in 1989 she began a racing partnership with Canadian-born John Toffan. It became one of California's top racing and breeding operations and in 1997 the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association named them "Owners of the Year." They bred Round Pond who won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Distaff. Their top runners included:
- Mane Minister (b. 1988) - Won Santa Catalina Stakes and finished third in all three of the U.S. Triple Crown races;
- Pacific Squall (b. 1989) - won Grade I Hollywood Oaks (1992);
- Bien Bien (b. 1989) - a homebred who won four Grade I races including the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap and set a course record for 1¼ miles while winning the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap. Retired with earnings of $2,498,370;
- Free House (b. 1994) - a homebred who was a two-time California Horse of the Year and whose eight stakes race wins included California's three most important dirt races, the Santa Anita Derby (1997), the Pacific Classic Stakes (1998), and the Santa Anita Handicap (1999);
- Bienamado (b. 1996) - a homebred son of Bien Bien, raced in Europe and the United States in partnership with Robert Sangster. Won Prix de Conde in France and three Grade I races in California. Career Earnings of $1,261,009;
- Bosque Redondo (b. 1997) - a hombred son of Mane Minister. In 2002 won the San Bernardino Handicap;
- Came Home (b. 1999) - a hombred raced in partnership with John Goodman, and William Farish III whose wins included the Grade I Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and Santa Anita Park's Pacific Classic Stakes and Santa Anita Derby. Career earnings of $1,835,940.
In addition to her involvement with various California horse racing associations, in 1999 Trudy McCaffery founded "Kids to the Cup", a non-profit organization dedicated to developing young racing fans. She also put a great deal of time and energy as a member of the Board of Directors of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, which raises money to help racetrack backstretch employees, and the Board of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities. For her contributions to the Thoroughbred racing industry she was awarded the 2002 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Commissioners Cup and in 2004, the Clay Puett Award by the Racetrack Industry Program.
Sixty-two-year-old Trudy McCaffery died at her home on February 12, 2007 following a lengthy battle with lung cancer.