From Bay Meadows
Trainer Armando Lage recorded career victory 1,000 Aug. 13 when his 3-year-old colt Son Montuno rallied from off the pace to win the fourth race at the San Mateo County Fair at Bay Meadows.
Lage, 49, has been the second-leading trainer at nine major meetings in Northern California. He began training racehorses in his native Mexico at age 17 and took out his trainer's license in the United States in 1984.
“It tells me I’ve being doing this a long time,” Lage said of the milestone victory. “It doesn’t seem that long to me, so I must be having some fun.”
When asked what he liked best about training, Lage, while receiving congratulatory handshakes, replied: “Moments like this.”
Lage learned the training trade from his father, Roberto, who trained horses in his native Cuba and was best friends with Laz Barrera. Roberto Lage followed Barrera when he moved to Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City. Armando Lage took over the stable for his ailing father in 1974 and saddled two winners his first day on the job.
Lage trained in Southern California for 13 years prior to moving his stable to Northern California in 1997. The move to the Bay Area has proved very successful for Lage, who has finished second in the trainer standings six times at Bay Meadows and three times at Golden Gate Fields.