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Richard Small

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  • Born: Dec. 2, 1945 in Baltimore, Md.
  • Resident: Baltimore
  • Racing Background: Small comes from a long line of horsemen on both sides of his family. His great-grandfather, Harry Pearch, was a noted jump rider in Maryland before he was killed in a 1906 racing accident. His father, Doug Small, was a successful trainer on the Maryland circuit for many years, while his uncle, Sid Watters Jr., developed champions Hoist the Flag and Slew o' Gold ... Hoist the Flag, an expected favorite for the 1972 Kentucky Derby was forced into retirement by an injury ...  Small learned his own early lessons from his father and other Maryland-based horsemen, interrupting his racing career to serve three years as a Green Beret in Vietnam. He returned to take over his father's stable after the senior Small retired in the early 1970s
  • Racing Career:  First stakes winner: Lou Rosenbush in 1974. He considers his greatest racing achievement "still having the same clients I started with so many years ago.'' Small trains for owner/breeder Robert E. Meyerhoff, who also bred and owned Broad Brush ... Meyerhoff sends a number of Broad Brush offspring to Small each year ... The best of those has been Concern and the versatile handicap horse Include.
  • His best horse was multiple graded stakes winner Broad Brush, who won 12 stakes, including the Suburban and the Santa Anita Handicaps and Wood Memorial and retired as the richest Maryland-bred ever ...  He personally drove Broad Brush to the 1986 Kentucky Derby, in which he finished third. For the 1994 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, Small accompanied Concern on the van ride from Maryland. It paid off, as Concern annexed the Classic, going from last to first.
  • Include was a winner of ten of 20 starts, including seven graded stakes. He retired with earnings of 41,659,560 and is now standing at Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.
  • He considers Caesar's Wish, winner of the 1978 Mother Goose and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, the best horse he ever trained. "She didn't make the most money, but she was definitely the fastest horse I've ever had. I believe she could have beaten Broad Brush.'' Caesar's Wish broke Ruffian's record in the Mother Goose, but died from a ruptured pulmonary artery in the Alabama Stakes.

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