Trainer Martin Wolfson Ruled Off At Gulfstream Park Over Financial Responsibility Issues

by | 02.14.2018 | 4:40pm
Trainer Martin Wolfson

Martin Wolfson, a longtime leading trainer in South Florida who won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Mile with Miesque's Approval, has been ruled off Gulfstream Park property because of financial responsibility issues.

According to Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group that owns Gulfstream Park, horses have been removed from Wolfson's barn because his workers' compensation policies had expired and staff and vendors were owed money. Wolfson was told to get his financial affairs in order before he would be allowed to return, Ritvo said.

Daily Racing Form reported that seven horses previously in Wolfson's care have been transferred to trainer Danny Gargan at Palm Meadows.

Wolfson, 66, is the son of the late Harbor View Farm owner Louis Wolfson, who with wife Patrice bred and owned Triple Crown winner Affirmed. Wolfson took out his trainer's license in 1970 at the age of 18 and has accumulated 1,682 wins from 9,059 starts. His best year was in 2009, when he won 67 races from 275 starts and horses he saddled earned $4.3 million. Among his numerous stakes winners were Grade 1 winners Miesque's Approval, Chaposa Springs, Pampered Princess, Pomeroy, Icon Project, Jessica Is Back, Ask the Moon, Starship Truffles and Swagger Jack.

Wolfson's numbers dipped in recent years, with 2017 (12 wins from 70 starts and $677,875 in earnings) representing his least productive year since 1991.

Wolfson has had no winners from six runners this year, most recently starting a horse on Jan. 20 at Gulfstream.

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