Randy Smith wins third straight leading Quarter Horse trainer title
Randy Smith was awarded his third consecutive Leading Quarter Horse Trainer title Saturday, Oct. 29 during the final night of racing for the 2016 racing season. Smith, a native of Broughton, Ill. nearly matched his record setting year of 2015 when he rewrote the record books for most wins by a Quarter Horse trainer in one meet as well as most purse earnings by a Quarter Horse trainer in one season.
Horses from Smith’s stable earned 44 wins this season, just two shy of his record of 46 in 2015. Smith also went over the $1 million marker again for the second straight year in purse earnings. He is the only Quarter Horse trainer in the history of Indiana Grand to eclipse that mark. Smith, who races a lot of younger horses, is currently ranked 10th in the nation for wins among all Quarter Horse trainers this season and is among the country’s top 12 in purse earnings.
“We would like to thank Randy and his team for racing here again this year,” said Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand. “He’s had another successful year and we appreciate his participation in our Quarter Horse racing program.”
Smith was joined by his wife, Debbie, their youngest daughter, Chelsea Waier, and their three granddaughters in the winner’s circle for the presentation. Representing Indiana Grand was Schuster along with Kevin Greely, director of racing, and Rachel McLaughlin, racing broadcast production manager.
“It feels good to win this award,” said the soft spoken Smith. “We started off slow but it picked up. You have to look behind any success to find what makes that happen and you have to have good help. I also appreciate all the owners for our stable. You also have to have good owners to be successful.”
Racing dates for 2017 will be approved and announced soon by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.