|William I Mott
|William I Mott was born on July 29 1953 in South Dakota.
He is best known for his work with the renowned horse; Cigar,
who was voted the Champion Older Male and received the Eclipse Award for
Horse of the Year, both in 1995.
Mott started training and winning at a very young age. He was only 15
when he started winning with his own thoroughbreds and he was still in
high school when he won the South Dakota Futurity. He did exceptionally
well in all aspects of the business. He swept through the ranks,
starting out as an exercise rider and was then appointed as an assistant
trainer for the legendary trainer Jack Van Berg. In 1976 he, along with
Frank Brothers who also started out as an assistant trainer for Jack Van
Berg led their horses to numerous stellar wins at the Sportsman's,
Hawthorne and Arlington Park racecourses in Chicago.
|Their success led to Van
Berg being named as the Leading Trainer at Arlington Park and received
the Leading Trainer in the Nation honour in 1976 with 496 wins. Mott worked with Van Berg
for only 3 years before starting up on his own in 1978.
In 1984 Mott set a record number of 54 wins at a single meeting at Churchill Downs. From 1992 to 2007 he won 9 trainers titles at the Saratoga Racecourse, 10 titles at Belmont Park and 9 at Gulfstream Park. Mott was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1998 at the age of 45. He is the youngest trainer ever inducted to the hall of fame. Mott is widely regarded as the top trainer for turf racing in the US.
William Mott - 10 Notable Horses Trained
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