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Claude R. McGaughey, III

Claude R. McGaughey, III
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   Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey started his career as a hot walker and in 1974 began working as a groom for Hall of Fame trainer Frank Whitely, Jr. McGaughey soon became an assistant trainer for David Whitely and opened his own stable at Keeneland in 1979. He began training for Loblolly Stable in 1982 and in 1985 developed his first Eclipse Award winner, Champion Older Male Vanlandingham. 
   In November 1985, McGaughey started training the horses of renowned owner and breeder Ogden Phipps. McGaughey has seven champions for the Phipps family, including Hall of Fame horses Easy Goer, Personal Ensign and Inside Information. He was named the Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Trainer in 1988.

   McGaughey has trained nine Breeders’ Cup winners. He trained 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Lure to back-to-back wins in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (1992 and 1993) and twice he has won two Breeders’ Cup races on the same day.

   McGaughey guided Easy Goer through a championship season as a 2-year-old in 1988 and six Grade 1 wins in 1989: the Wood Memorial, Belmont, Whitney, Travers, Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup. He trained Personal Ensign to 13 career wins. She finished her undefeated career with a nose victory in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff over that year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Winning Colors. On Oct. 16, 1993, McGaughey won five graded stakes at Belmont Park.
   McGaughey’s other major runners include champions Rhythm, Heavenly Prize, Queena, Vanlandingham, Storm Flag Flying and Smuggler, as well as Coronado’s Quest, Dancing Spree, My Flag, Versailles Treaty, Seeking the Gold, Glitter Woman, Educated Risk, Miner’s Mark, Dispute, Pine Island, Pleasant Home and Dancing Forever.

   McGaughey, who has won three training titles at Belmont Park and one at Saratoga, has multiple victories in the Travers, Jockey Club Gold Cup,, Spinster, Alabama, Beldame, Wood Memorial, Ashland, Coaching Club American Oaks and Whitney, among others.

   Through August 2013, McGaughey has won 1,776 races for purses of $120,487,559 million. He won the Kentucky Derby for the first time in 2013 with Orb, whom he trained for the Phipps family and Stuart Janney III. 

   Shug McGaughey was elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2004.