Richard E. Mandella was born in Beaumont, California on 5 November 1950.
Mandella was introduced to the equestrian world at a young age, as his
father was a blacksmith, and by the time he was in high school, he began
breaking and training horses at a nearby ranch owned by Connie Ring,
known as the Three Rings Ranch.
Realizing his passion, he worked at Farrell Jones' Riverside Ranch in
California for a year after leaving school, and then moved to New York,
becoming Lefty Nickerson's assistant for over a year. In 1974, he took a
private position with Texan horseman Roger Braugh.
|Two years later in 1976,
Mandella returned to California and opened his own public stable, where
almost immediately in 1977 and 1978, Bad 'n Big became his first major
stakes winner, followed by Phone Trick, Dare and Go and Pleasantly
Perfect, and by 2000 he had triumphed with 1447 races in total, awarding
him a place in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 2001. |
In the 1990 Beverly Hills Handicap at
Hollywood Park, Mandella became
the first trainer in the history of Southern California who had two
winning horses trained by him, dead-heat in a grade 1 race. Beautiful
Melody and Reluctant Guest could not be separated at the wire.
Richard Mandella - 10 Notable Horses Trainedd
Crown of Thorns
Dare and Go
Mark JohnstonDavid PayneChristophe ClementPaul NichollsMartin PipeSean TarryRick Dutrow Jr