Trainer Linda Rice answers your questions about her background, life as a trainer, her best horses, the training title at Saratoga, and more.
Linda Rice was born into a racing family in Racine, Wisconsin. Her father, Clyde Rice, is a former trainer who operates a training center in Ocala, Florida, and her mother, Jean, and brothers Wayne, Brian, and Curt are all involved in the horse industry.
After a two-year stint at Penn State University, where she was majoring in computer science, Rice became an assistant trainer and exercise rider for her father. She started her own stable in New Jersey in 1987 and won her first race with Contraboss at Garden State on June 3, 1987. She relocated to New York in 1991 and is currently a board member of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.
Among the top horses trained by Rice have been grade I winners City Zip, Lucifer’s Stone, Things Change, and Tenski.