Bernie Flint, longtime Thoroughbred trainer for more than five decades, scored his 3,500th career win Friday, Sept. 13 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. His horse, Code of War was a winner in the eighth race of the day for jockey Malcolm Franklin, who completed a three-win day on the card with the Flint-trained son of Unbridled Express over the turf course at Indiana Grand. Flint co-owns the grey three-year-old Indiana sired homebred with Ed Wright Cattle Company.
A native of Louisiana, Flint served as a police officer on the New Orleans police force for more than 16 years before retiring to train horses full time in the mid 1970's. Since that time, he has pulled in numerous leading trainer titles in Kentucky and has a long history of winning races in Indiana. He finished third in the standings during the inaugural season at Harrah's Hoosier Park in 1995.
Although Churchill Downs is his main base, Flint has competed consistently in Indiana during the 25-year history of pari-mutuel racing in the state, racing a small string in Indiana and the victory with Code of War was his 16th of 2019 at Indiana Grand, ranking him among the track's top 10 trainers this year. Flint was not in attendance for the milestone win with Code of War.
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