Mark Shuman Lands 1,000th Training Victory

Milestone win comes at Pimlico with California Cool in a $5,000 claiming race.

Trainer Mark Shuman earned the 1,000th win of his career when California Cool captured the second race at Pimlico Race Course May 12.

Shuman wasn't on hand for his milestone win. The 40-year-old trainer was at the doctor's office with his baby as Luis Garcia brought 5-year-old California Cool home 3 1/2 lengths in front in a $5,000 claiming race at six furlongs. California Cool, a gelding by Forestry that had been owned by Premier Stables Unlimited and TAG Stables, was claimed by Dale Capuano.

A native of Akron, Ohio who now lives in Maryland, Shuman followed his father, Ohio-based Joseph Shuman, into the training game. He worked as an assistant on the New York circuit with conditioners Tom Skiffington, Howard Tesher, and H. James Bond before setting out on his own in 2000.

He began training in Maryland in 2002. The following year he won a career-best 225 races and broke the single-season win mark at Gulfstream Park with 87 winners during an 89-day meet. The old record was 39, set by Bill Mott in 1996.

Shuman was connected with controversial owner Michael Gill at the time. They would go on to win more than 500 races together.

“I really didn’t have much of a chance to enjoy that success at Gulfstream,” Shuman said later. “I was working my butt off and we were so involved in claiming horses that the entire meet was a blur to me."

Shuman’s top horses for Gill included Forest Music, third in two New York grade 1 stakes, the Test and Prioress, in 2004; Umpateedle, winner of the 2005 Gallant Bloom (gr. II) and Endine (gr. III) Handicaps after being claimed for $32,000; and Native Heir, winner of the Deputy Minister in 2003.

Among his other top horses were multiple stakes winners Xchanger, eighth-place finisher in the 2007 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and Talent Search.