Kentucky Derby - Top Trainers

We list three tariners who have excelled in this great race and who have become intrinsically linked with the race due to their professionalism and committment.

Bob Baffert

One of the bst known racehorse trainers in the US, Bob Baffert has saddled the winner of the Kentucky Derby on three seperate occasions. His first win was with War Emblem in 1997, which he won again in the following year by training Silver Charm to success. The two wins established Bob as one of the top trainers in the US and it was no surprise to anyone when he trained the winner for third time in 2002, when Victor Espinoza rode War Emblem to victory. See Kentucky Derby Past Winners. Bob has also trained four Preakness Stakes winner, a Belmont Stakes winner and has had seven Breeders Cup wins to date.

Rick Dutrow

An out and out horse man, Rick Dutrow finally realised one of his racing dreams when he trained, Big Brown to victory in the 2008 Kentucky Derby. Big Brown went on to win the Preakness Stakes a couple of weeks later but failed in his bid to be this century’s First Triple Crown winner, when finishing last in the Belmont Stakes. Rick has been training top race winners for some time but has had enormous success in the last five years, that have seen him train three Breeders Cup winners.

Neil Drysdale

An Englishman who has set himself up a trainer of US horses, Neil Drysdale has had considerable success over the years that have included the winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2000 when Fusaichi Pegasus stormed to victory. As racing has become more and more international, Drysdale has moved with the times and he is a regular at the racing circuits in South Africa, Hong Kong and the Middle East; one of his owners is Sheikh Maktoum. Drysdale also has a victory in the Belmont Stakes in 1992 and no fewer than seven Breeders Cup wins.