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William I. Mott

William I. Mott
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   Bill Mott’s career began in South Dakota, where he owned and trained horses with other members of his family. The son of a veterinarian, one of his earliest victories came at 16 when his horse, Kosmic Tour, won the South Dakota Futurity at Park Jefferson.

   By the early 1970s, Mott was working with Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, but held his own head trainer’s license. In 1978, Mott opened his own public stable.

   Through 2012, Mott had trained six champions: Paradise Creek, Theatrical, Escena, Ajina, Royal Delta and his best known horse, Cigar. Mott conditioned the two-time Horse of the Year for 16 consecutive victories from 1994-96, including 10 consecutive races in 1995. In 1996, Cigar won the inaugural Dubai World Cup and retired as the sport’s all-time leading money winner with earnings of nearly $10 million (since broken by Curlin). 

   Through August 2013, Bill Mott had saddled the winners of 4,335 races with earnings of $217,726,572. He has won 10 training titles at Belmont Park and nine each at Saratoga Race Course and Gulfstream Park, as well as five at Keeneland. Mott also set the record for number of victories at a single Churchill Downs meeting with 54 during the 1984 spring meet.

   Besides his six champions, Mott has trained Fraise, Geri, Wekiva Springs, Banshee Breeze, Favorite Trick, Royal Anthem, My Typhoon and To Honor and Serve, Ron the Greek and Flat Out. Mott has trained nine Breeders’ Cup winners, including Classic winners Cigar and Drosselmeyer, as well as Royal Delta, who won back-to-back editions of the Ladies' Classic in 2011 and 2012.

   Mott has recorded multiple wins in a number of prestigious stakes, inclduing the Apple Blossom Handicap (3), Jim Dandy (3), Lamplighter Handicap (4), Turf Classic (2), Donn Handicap (2), Woodward (2), Diana Handicap (3) and Test (2). Other victories include the Man o’ War Stakes, the Arlington Million, the Suburban, Hopeful, Alabama and Pacific Classic.

   Mott won his first Triple Crown race in 2010 when Drosselmeyer won the Belmont Stakes.

   Mott has been honored with the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1995, 1996 and 2011.