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Charles "Jack" Van Berg

Jack Van Berg was a Hall of Fame trainer from Nebraska that led Alysheba to victory in the 1987 Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic. Van Berg also trained Gate Dancer to Preakness Stakes victory in 1984. Jack was the US Champion Trainer by wins nine times and was awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1984. He was the first trainer to win 5,000 races, acheiving the feat in 1987.