Englander Rises to Top of Ownership Ranks

Published in the Jan. 5 issue of The Blood-Horse
In three short years, Richard Englander has carved his name alongside Thoroughbred racing's elite list of owners. He has done it not by purchasing blue-blood stock for seven figures at public auction, but by setting up racing stables from coast to coast and employing nine different trainers in as many states, and claiming his way to the top.

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 27, 2001, runners wearing Englander's green and white silks made 2,004 starts, won 399 races, and earned $9,656,383, giving him his first leading owner title by money won. Fifteen individual Englander runners accounted for 23 stakes events in 2001.

Success has come quickly for Englander, who failed to crack the top 25 list of leading owners by earnings won in 1999. In 2000, Englander finished fourth (with earnings of $4,921,294) in the owner standings behind such heavy hitters as Stronach, Juddmonte Farms, and The Thoroughbred Corp. while edging out familiar names such as Golden Eagle and Overbrook Farms.

In claiming his first leading owner title, he ended a three-year streak by Adena Springs Farm and Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach, who in 1998 ended the three-year streak of the late Allen Paulson. Stronach finished fourth in 2001 with 770 starters, 127 winners, and $6,537,681 in earnings.

In 2000, Englander finished fourth (with earnings of $4,921,294) in the owner standings behind such heavy hitters as Stronach, Juddmonte Farms, and The Thoroughbred Corp. while edging out familiar names such as Golden Eagle and Overbrook Farms. Success has come quickly for Englander, who failed to crack the top 25 list of leading owners by earnings won in 1999.

Operating a top-level claiming stable takes a lot of time and patience. His decisions are calculated, relying on assistance from employees and trainers.

To manage the far-reaching stable, he keeps in close contact with each of his trainers--Steve Asmussen, John Baird, Brian Brennan, Nick Canani, Dale Capuano, Scott Lake, Mike Pino, Mike Reavis, and Richard Schosberg--on a daily basis and utilizes as many types of information as he can get his hands on.

"My near-term goal is to win 20% of our races and be in the money 50% of the time. I think if we can be 20-50, we're going to be profitable," Englander said in a September interview with The Blood-Horse.

The stable star for Englander this year was Elektraline, who notched four stakes wins, including the Bessarabian Handicap (Can-III) at Woodbine--the only graded stakes win on the year for the Englander stable. Elektraline completed the year with four wins from 12 starts and earnings of $222,383. Her career earnings total $436,168. Schosberg claimed Elektraline for Englander for $45,000 from Trinacria USA Stable in March 2000 at Aqueduct. Elektraline is now conditioned by Lake, who finished the year ranked fourth in the trainer standings by earnings.

Another standout for Englander was A Lot of Mary, who captured the Behave Yourself and Bubbling Over Handicaps, both at Charles Town, and the Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park. A Lot of Mary was claimed for $12,500 by trainer Ronney Brown for Englander in June 1999 at Charles Town from Mark McCracken. Lake now conditions the mare. A Lot of Mary ended 2001 with six wins from 12 starts and earnings of $152,216 to increase her lifetime earnings to $367,452.

Another highlight for the Englander stable in 2001 was winning the Claiming Crown Jewel at Canterbury Park with Sing Because, who was claimed by Canani for $40,000 at Hollywood Park in May. Since winning the Claiming Crown Jewel for Englander, Sing Because has made two additional starts and finished third both times.

A stock trader since 1981, Englander added racing Thoroughbreds to his resume in November 1998 when he claimed his first horse, Virginia Punch, for $14,500. Success came slowly, with the mare failing to place in four starts.

Undaunted, Englander continued to acquire horses, increasing the size of his stable to more than 100 in less than two years, without buying at auction.

Englander resides in Westchester County, N.Y., a home he shares with his wife, Gina, and their sons Benjamin and Shane, and works out of an office in Ardsley, N.Y., where he divides his time between stock trading and managing his wide-reaching stable.

2001 Leading Owners by Earnings

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