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Aidan O'Brien


O’Brien is a formidable training force in his native country of Ireland having won numerous training titles on both the jump and flat circuit. In the mid- 1990s, O’Brien was backed by the Coolmore group of John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith and together they have risen to great heights in the racing world. The partnership of Coolmore and O’Brien has captured nearly every prestigious race in Europe as well as multiple Breeders’ Cup races in America. In 2011 O'Brien and Coolmore teamed up with O'Brien's son, 18 year old Joseph, aboard St Nicholas Abbey for a win in the Breeders Cup Turf. O'Brien also captured the 2011 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf with Wrote and sent out Champion Cape Blanco to victories in the G-1 Arlington Million and G-1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and Treasure Beach to victory in the G-1 Secretariat Stakes. The team has campaigned such champions as Johannesburg, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, and Rock of Gibraltar.

Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith


John Magnier is the driving force behind the worldwide Coolmore empire, which is based in Ireland but has outposts as far afield as the United States and Australia. He comes from a long line of horsemen, dating back to the mid-19th century, and his wife, Sue Magnier, is the daughter of the legendary Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien, whose list of stars includes Nijinsky II, the last English Triple Crown winner in 1970. With Magnier at the helm, Coolmore has stood such colossal stallions as Sadler's Wells and Danehill. Magnier's horses race in his wife's name; last season, the Magnier silks were hoisted to victory by the likes of Duke of Marmalade (Ire), Yeats (Ire) and Henrythenavigator. They are frequently involved in partnerships with betting shop tycoon Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. The Magnier/Tabor tandem has been represented by such champions as Galileo (Ire), Giant's Causeway, High Chaparral (Ire), Dylan Thomas (Ire) and Johannesburg, while Magnier/Tabor/Smith have combined to campaign George Washington (Ire), Soldier of Fortune (Ire) and last year's stellar juveniles, Bushranger (Ire) and Mastercraftsman. Tabor and Smith raced multiple Grade 1 star Lion Heart, runner-up in the 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1). On his own accord, Tabor has raced an array of top-class horses in both Europe and the United States, chief among them the European hero Montjeu (Ire) and American champion Thunder Gulch, who captured the Kentucky Derby, Belmont (G1) and Travers (G1) in 1995.


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