Twitter icon
Facebook icon

Neil D. Drysdale

Neil D. Drysdale
Induction Year: 
Dec. 11, 1947, Haslemere, Surrey, England
Career Years: 
Number of Starters: 
Number of Winners: 
1,475 (through March 2019)
Winning Percentage: 

Tab Wrapper


A native of England, Neil Drysdale studied at the University of Barcelona in Spain and taught English as a foreign language before turning his focus to horses. He moved to Florida to work with show horses, and then became involved with racing thoroughbreds, spending two years with John Hartigan at Tartan Farms in Ocala, Fla. Drysdale then moved to a thoroughbred stable in Argentina and managed a stud farm in Venezuela. He returned to the United States and worked as an assistant to Roger Laurin for two years, and then between 1970 and 1974 he was assistant to Charlie Whittingham in California before going out on his own.


Drysdale trained Hall of Fame members A.P. Indy, Princess Rooney, and Bold ’n Determined, as well as champions Tasso, Hollywood Wildcat, and Fiji, among others.


In 1992, A.P. Indy provided Drysdale with his first Triple Crown victory in the Belmont Stakes. Eight years later, Drysdale won the Kentucky Derby with Fusaichi Pegasus. Drysdale has won six Breeders’ Cup races, including the Classic with A.P. Indy in 1992 and two editions of the Distaff with Princess Rooney (1984) and Hollywood Wildcat (1993).


Drysdale has trained 15 horses that have won $1 million or more.