Neil Drysdale Stats through February 26, 2002  
  200227 3 5 5 $257,680   11.11%   48.15%
  2001247 42 45 34 $3,889,448   17.00%   48.99%

  Biography courtesy of NTRA and Breeders' Cup. For more bios, check here.

Born: Dec. 11, 1947, in Haselmere, Surrey, England

Resident: Pasadena, Calif.

Latest trainer addition to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Drysdale was inducted in 2000

Won his first Kentucky Derby in his first try this year with Fusaichi Pegasus

Drysdale’s five Breeders’ Cup winners tie him for third with Bill Mott, behind D. Wayne Lukas (15) and Shug McGaughey (7)

He is fifth among Breeders’ Cup trainers in money won, with $5,003,600 in Championship earnings

Drysdale has trained five Eclipse Award champions

Fiji, 1998 champion turf female, was the first champion for owner-breeder Prince Fahd bin Salman, a major client for Drysdale

2000 graded stakes winners: Fusaichi Pegasus, Kahal, No Matter What, Sunshine Street, and War Chant

Other top horses: A.P. Indy, Bold ’n Determined, French Deputy, Gorgeous, Hawksley Hill, Hollywood Wildcat, Labeeb, Laramie Moon, Miss Brio, Political Ambition, Princess Rooney, Prized, Rahy, Roanoke, Sabona, Sapphire Ring, Single Empire, Storm Trooper, and Tasso

Father was a British Royal Marine who served with the U.S. Marines in Korea

Studied at the University of Barcelona and taught English briefly

Spent early part of his career with show horses in Florida

Switched to Thoroughbreds and worked two years for John Hartigan at Tartan Farms

He next worked with horses in Argentina, then managed a stud farm in Venezuela

From 1970-74, was Charlie Whittingham’s assistant in California. He says the most important things he learned from Whittingham were “patience and planning.”

Took job as private trainer for Corbin Robertson’s Saron Stable in 1974

Opened public stable in 1983

A.P. Indy’s Belmont Stakes in 1992 was Drysdale’s first classic win

Through Oct. 8, Drysdale was the nation’s seventh-leading trainer, with $4,662,499 in purse earnings. His horses had started a mere 146 times — the least number of starts for any of the 10 top trainers—and had won 35 times.


   NOTE: Biographies are from the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships events from 1984 through 2001, and are intended as informational resources. Biographies will be updated if an individual is again a participant in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.