Jockey-Turned-Trainer Vanden Berg Saddles First Winner

by | 06.12.2019 | 5:25pm
Vanden Berg during her days as a jockey, shown winning at Thistledown

Brittany Vanden Berg scored her first victory as a trainer on Sunday June 9 at Arlington when her 5-year-old Trappe Valley won the second race on the Sunday card.

Vanden Berg was a jockey for seven years before hanging up her tack to become a full time trainer. She won her first career race as a jockey in September of 2012 at Thistledown. As a jockey, it took Vanden Berg 18 tries to get her first win under her belt. As a trainer however, it took her only three attempts.

Vanden Berg who also rode at Arlington was extremely grateful that her first training win came at the Chicago oval.

“It was so important to get it done here.” Vanden Berg said. “I rode here and really this place is special to me. It's so electric when they turn for home and everyone is always so supportive here” she said. “It was the most unbelievable experience and I wouldn't have imagined having it anywhere else than here” she explained.

Vandenberg now has one win, one second, and one third from four starters so far in her career as of June 9, 2019.

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