Trainer Gets First Two Wins on Same Day

Edited press release

Jennifer Bartholomew, 24, not only broke her maiden as a trainer May 22 at River Downs in Ohio, she scored her second victory as well.

Bartholomew, who hails from Metamora, Mich., left Michigan State University to work with Thoroughbreds. She has galloped horses for trainer John Ward Jr.

Her first victory came with 15-1 shot Missymissymissy. The second win came with 14-1 shot Double Barrell.

"This is really exciting and rewarding, and it has been a long time coming," said Bartholomew, a self-described college dropout.

Bartholomew grew up riding show horses and began working with Thoroughbreds eight years ago at RedBob Farm in Oxford, Mich. She was in her fifth year at Michigan State University in a pre-veterinarian major when she jumped at the chance to buy a yearling colt with which she had been working.

"He was beautiful," she said. "I broke him, galloped him, and he started me on this adventure."

Bartholomew, who has six horses in training at River Downs, said her goal is to "play in the big leagues." She said her philosophy is: "You have to feel each horse out as an individual. Find out what keeps them happy. A happy horse is a running horse."