Trainer David Hofmans

Trainer David Hofmans

Anne M. Eberhardt

Trainer Hofmans Secures Career Win 1,000

Trainer David Hofmans reached a career milestone at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 8.

Southern California-based trainer David Hofmans notched the 1,000th victory of his career on Oct. 8 when Sultry Season rallied from sixth to win the 10th race at Santa Anita Park.

Hofmans boasts victories in classic races and Breeders' Cup events but this milestone win came in a maiden claiming race as Sultry Season and Joe Talamo drew off in the stretch to post an 8 3/4-length victory. Hofmans was recognized for the achievment in the Santa Anita winner's circle and enjoyed celebrating with longtime client Pete Parrella, who owns Sultry Season.

"I'm just glad it happened with Pete Parrella because Pete and I have been together for 40 years. I won number 999 at Pomona (Fairplex Park) and I was hoping to hold off (for 1,000) at Santa Anita," Hofmans said. "I kind of looked up the guys who have done it, and a lot of guys have won 1,000 races, but most of them have big stables. We have a small stable. We only carry 25 to 30 horses, and it's hard to do. We're here; we're happy."

Hofmans boasts three Breeders' Cup victories, taking the 1996 Classic (gr. I) with Alphabet Soup, the 2003 Distaff (gr. I) with Adoration, and the inaugural edition of the Turf Sprint with Desert Code in 2008, but he may be best known for winning the 1997 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Touch Gold, denying Silver Charm a Triple Crown.

Other grade I winners include J P's Gusto, Balance,Greg's Gold, Siphonic,Millennium Wind, Cindy's Hero, Dramatic Gold, and Cat's Cradle.

"Of course, we had Alphabet Soup; he was wonderful. Touch Gold was great, Awesome Again  was fantastic, Desert Code. His Legacy, years ago, was one of my favorite horses of all time. He was a great old Cal-bred horse. Dramatic Gold. There are so many of them. Greg's Gold, he was fantastic and won a lot of races for us," Hofmans said. "We’re just happy for all my clients and all my barn help and glad this is done."

Hofmans, 69, was born in Los Angeles and he saddled his first winner in 1974.