Nutshell: Trainer Howard Wolfendale is one win shy of 1,500 — a mark he hopes passes by quickly.
From a Maryland Jockey Club release
Trainer Howard Wolfendale knows his 1,500th win is right around the corner. “But I’d like to put it behind me real quick,” he said laughing.
The popular Maryland-based trainer, who saddled Bold Affair to nine stakes victories from 2011 to 2013, is one win shy of his 1,500th victory as a trainer. He saddles Robert Cole’s Changingoftheguard in Saturday’s third race.
“It means a lot,” said Wolfendale of the milestone. “Things have slowed down some, but I’ve been doing this a long time and 1,500 would be nice. I know it will happen eventually. It’s kind of like a thousand for me. That seemed to take forever, too.”
Wolfendale, who saddled his first winner at Laurel in 1977 at age 21 and saddled his 1,000th winner at Laurel in 2005, was named outstanding trainer by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in 1999 and ranked 37th in wins in 2006. His daughter Maggie is the paddock reporter for the New York Racing Association.
When asked his favorite memory of training the past 38 years, Wolfendale said, “Bold Affair. I’d like to have another of her. But, for the most part, we’ve done it with hard-knocking claimers.”
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