Fountain Of Youth: Trainer George Handy Still Saddling Winners At 92

by | 11.16.2015 | 11:46am
Trainer George Handy

Trainer George Handy, 92, saddled a pair of winners on Sunday's program at Gulfstream Park West, continuing a winning tradition that began nearly 70 years ago.

The veteran trainer, who saddled his first winner in 1946, visited the winner's circle with Kimchi's Strike ($5.40), who captured the fifth race by a half length, and Storm Warnings ($14.80), who earned a victory by a length in the seventh race. Both winners are owned by longtime client Barbara Ann McDonnell.

“It's been a long time since I've won two in one day. One time, I had five wins and a second,” said Handy, who has saddled more than 1,350 winners during his enduring career. “I used to win the Double years ago. I guess I'm getting a little old, so it was nice to win two. Maybe it was an amateur day.”

Kimchi's Strike and Storm Warnings make up the bulk of Handy's small Gulfstream Park-based stable.

“I have 2 ½ (horses). The half will ship out (soon), but I'll have the other two,” said Handy, who has no plans to retire from training. “But I'm open to suggestions.”

  • CE Butler

    The Dapper Dude was the best dressed trainer at Monmouth Park 45 years ago. GREAT to see such a class still doing what he likes to do!

    • LongTimeEconomist

      I always thought that Bowes Bond was the best dressed at Monmouth back then.

      • CE Butler

        That could be a DEAD HEAT!

  • minismom

    great trainer – good horseman and great to work for –

  • Tinky

    Terrific character, and he reminds me – sadly – of when Calder was a really nice track to visit.

    • Perhaps there’s still hope for me and Ron Boss! Well done Mr. Handy. [I suppose I would still feel obliged to call him Guv’nor!!]

  • MsMoose

    One of the best!

  • Chuck Berger

    I remember Mr. Handy at old Tropical Park in 1960/61. He was stabled one barn over from us. A really good horseman. Keep on going Mr. H.

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