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Neil Drysdale

Neil Drysdale
Neil Drysdale
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   Born in Surrey, England, Neil Drysdale held a number of posts in showing and racing in Britain, Venezuela and the United States before joining Saron Stable as head trainer in 1974. For most of his career he has operated a public stable in California.

   Drysdale’s first major winner was Forceten, but he is better known as the trainer of champions A.P. Indy, Princess Rooney, Tasso, Hollywood Wildcat and Fiji. He also trained Hall of Fame member Bold'n Determined and Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.

   No stranger to world-class competition, Drysdale has won six Breeders’ Cup races, including the 1992 Classic with A.P. Indy, and two runnings of the Distaff. He guided A.P. Indy through various problems to win major stakes at 2 and 3, including the 1992 Belmont. In addition to his other champions, he also conditioned Hawksley Hill, Labeeb, French Deputy and Roanoke, among others.

   Beyond his Grade 1 wins in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup, Drysdale has also won the Eddie Read Handicap (3), Woodbine Mile (4), Wood Memorial, Charles Whittingham (6), Acorn Stakes, Apple Blossom, Coaching Club American Oaks, Hollywood Derby, Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Molson Million.

   Through August 2013, Drysdale has 1,362 victories and purse earnings of $92,550,607

   Neil Drysdale was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2000.