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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.