Horse Racing

Northern California coach Martin passes away


Golden Gate Field It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of longtime Northern California racehorse trainer John F. “Mickey” Martin, who passed away at the age of 63 after a long illness.

Martin, who took the helm for the first time in 1984, trained precious horses early in his career before turning to thoroughbreds. He has campaigned for more than 2,300 winners. From 7,707 purebred starters, Martin won 1,960 races and accumulated a wallet income of $23,835,366.

“With the recent departures of Duane Offield and now John, it has been a difficult couple of weeks,” said Golden Gate Fields Vice President and General Manager David Duggan. “We’re still trying to process this loss. John is a respected figure among his colleagues. He’s the type of person who can help anyone if they need help. He’s a person. great rider and has had a very successful and distinguished career. We send our best wishes and thoughts to his family and large group of friends.”

Martin has coached many horsemen who have achieved success in the sport of kings. Among his students are Jonathan Wong, who passed away alone in 2015 and has been a longtime top coach in Northern California since 2018, and Reid France, who began training his chain. own in 2019 and scored 26% -win. clip since.

“John is a great guy,” said owner Troy Onorato, a longtime customer and friend of Martin who runs Hat Trick Racing Stable. “He has helped and mentored so many people throughout his life and never sought the spotlight to help people. He was focused and dedicated in taking care of his horses, but always try to do the right thing.”

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Martin’s best and favorite horse to train is Mended, a stout horse he claimed for $12,500 in 2017 at the Golden Gate, who has gone on to win 10 times in a row. , including Claiming Crown Glass Slipper at Gulfstream Park same year. On the day her winning record ended-January 13, 2018- she lost to a top in La Canada Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita . Park. Two months later, she came in second again as runner-up, this time at the Santa Margarita Stakes (G1). Among other notable Martin interns are the Force, Me My Mine, and She’s Sensational stake winners.

Onorato, who owns Mended with his wife Maritza, said: “Mended took us on an extraordinary trip. “People will always say how well we lobbied for Mended and the other horses. I told them, ‘We’re just following John Martin’s play.” John is an excellent horseman. “

Service for John Martin is pending.

This press release has been edited and styled by the BloodHorse Staff.

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