Keyword: P. G. Johnson

  • 30-in-30: Oldest, Youngest Trainers

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas became the oldest trainer, at 77, to saddle a winner at the Breeders' Cup when he sent Hightail to an upset victory in the 2012 Juvenile Sprint; at 27, Craig Dollase won the 1998 Sprint with Reraise.

  • The Circle Game

    <i>By John Angelo</i> - My call once again to distant post times began this past September when I heard from Michael Blowen, director of Old Friends, that Kiri's Clown and Awad would soon join the farm's other Thoroughbred retirees.

  • McGinniss Book on P.G. Johnson, Volponi a Winner

    Joe McGinniss, whose previous books include <i>Fatal Vision</i> and <i>The Selling of the President, 1968</i>, is the author of a wonderful new racing book published by Simon & Schuster titled <i>The Big Horse</i> which tells the story of Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson and the 2003 campaign of Volponi. It is a heartwarming, inspiring story that will have you laughing out loud.

  • P. G. Johnson

    It Won't Be the Same

    <i>By Paul Volponi</i> -- Johnson was elected to racing's Hall of Fame in 1997. The honor was a tribute to the trainer's incredible consistency. He was enshrined without a dominating champion. Instead of a Pegasus, he rose on the wings of a work ethic that woke him at 2:30 a.m. each morning as he walked a treadmill and watched tapes of races before heading to the barn.

  • Hall of Famer P. G. Johnson receives trophy for Volponi&#39;s win in the 2002 Breeders&#39; Cup Classic.

    Hall of Fame Trainer P.G. Johnson Dies

    Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson, who trained his family's homebred Volponi to win the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), died at his Rockville Centre, N.Y., home.

  • Volponi, center, winning the 2002 Breeders&#39; Cup Classic.

    Volponi Headed to Hopewell Farm

    Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson's 5-year-old multi-millionaire Volponi will enter stud at Rick and Liz Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky., in 2004.

  • BC Winner Volponi Retired

    Multi millionaire Volponi, last year's winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), but last in this year's renewel when it was sponsored by Dodge, has been retired from racing, but no decision has been reached as to where he will enter stud.

  • Volponi, winning the Breeders&#39; Cup Classic.

    Volponi Heads to Meadowlands for Second Try at the Cup

    The favorite hasn't won the Meadowlands Cup since Marquetry in 1993, but trainer P.G. Johnson is hoping to break that trend when he brings Volponi from New York to New Jersey for Friday's grade II test at Meadowlands. The 5-year-old finished second in last year's running of the race.

  • Volponi, center, hopes to use Meadowlands Cup as steppingstone to Classic success.

    Volponi Works For Friday's Meadowlands Cup

    Volponi, who used the Meadowlands Cup (gr. III) as a springboard to victory in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezed a half mile in :49 2/5 at Belmont for Friday night's running of the 1 1/8-mile event.

  • Funny Cide and Volponi Lead Meadowlands Cup Nominees

    Dual Classic winner Funny Cide along with Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi top a list of 29 nominations for this year's 26th running of the Oct. 3 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II).

  • Phil Johnson hoping Volponi can follow same path to another BC Classic trophy.

    Volponi: Back to the Future

    Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson has decided to follow the same route in October that Volponi traveled to an upset victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) last year.

  • Volponi Back on Turf in Belmont Handicap

    Saturday's Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) will feature last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi, who will be running on grass for the first time since he ran second in this race last year.

  • P.G. Johnson on Santos: 'He's Cool'

    Jockey Jose Santos, who will ride Funny Cide in his bid for the Triple Crown Saturday afternoon in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a lot of people in his corner. Count among them Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson, who compared him to the legendary Braulio Baeza.

  • Santos Returns to Belmont to Work Volponi

    After winning the Preakness (gr. I) Saturday in Maryland, jockey Jose Santos was back to work at Belmont early Sunday morning, breezing Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi shortly after the track renovation break. The son of Cryptoclearance was credited with a four-furlong move in :48 3/5.

  • Volponi, center, winning the Breeders&#39; Cup Classic.

    Volponi Holding Court at Belmont; Could Start in May

    Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson said he is planning an ambitious eight-race campaign for Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi in 2003, with the goal to win the richest race in North America once more.

  • Volponi owner Phil Johnson receiving the BC Classic trophy.

    Steve Haskin's Classic Story: Sweet Home Chicago

    Phil "P.G." Johnson had a perfect way to spend his 77th birthday. He decided to buy himself a $40,000 present. No luxury car, no cruise around the world; in fact, nothing at all. This was a gift for himself and his family, paid for with nearly 60 years of blood and sweat, compliments of a horse named Volponi.

  • Sword Dancer Anticipates a Repeat

    Augustin Stable's With Anticipation will try to become the third horse to win back-to-back runnings of the Sword Dancer Invitational when he faces 10 opponents Saturday at Saratoga.

  • Jockey Jose Valdivia, rising star in Southern California.

    Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., Southern California's Rising Star

    Jose Valdivia Jr. is a rising star in the bright constellation that is the Southern California riding colony. His recent win aboard Val Royal in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) showed the rest of the world what two continents have already learned--Valdivia, 27, is a profound talent who is carrying forth the grand racing tradition of his family.