Smith receives nine awards during QHRAI Banquet
It was another good year for Trainer Randy Smith in Indiana Quarter Horse racing. The Broughton, Ill. native pulled in nine of the 20 awards presented during the annual Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) banquet held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 in Indianapolis.
Smith, who has back to back Leading Trainer awards from Indiana Grand in 2014 and 2015, was presented with 2015 Trainer of the Year, earning a belt buckle for his accomplishments. Horses from Smith’s barn started 249 times, producing 46 wins and purse earnings in excess of $1.1 million. Smith is the first Quarter Horse trainer in the history of Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana to surpass the one million mark in one season. In addition, he posted the most wins ever recorded in one year by a trainer (46) and most purse earnings ever accumulated in one season ($1,108,775).
Smith was also presented with 2015 Owner of the Year honors at the QHRAI banquet. Horses that he owned won 10 races during the season in 63 starts with earnings of more than $262,039, more than any other owner in the state of Indiana.
Following the presentation, mild mannered Smith was interviewed about his year in which he always credits, “good horses, good owners and good help” for his success.
In addition to his awards for Trainer and Owner of the Year, Smith conditioned eight horses to high point awards and champion status for the 2015 season, including My Louisiana Rod, Two Year Old Filly of the Year, Megatron Harry, Two Year Old Colt/Gelding of the Year, DNA Dales Quick Cat, Three Year Old Filly of the Year, and Beach Cartel, Three Year Old Colt/Gelding of the Year.
Prior to the awards portion of the program, Otto Thorwarth, retired jockey and star of the Disney movie “Secretariat,” provided the keynote speech, giving insight on being a jockey and actor. More than 250 were in attendance for the annual awards ceremony.
In addition to his success in Indiana, Smith was also named as a finalist for Trainer of the Year at the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Racing Champions ceremony held at the prestigious Heritage Place pavilion in Oklahoma Wednesday, Jan. 20. The ceremony was held prior to the 38th annual Mixed Winter Sale, attracting Quarter Horse racing enthusiasts from around the world.
Smith and his wife, Debbie, are natives of Broughton and still own and operate several small businesses in the Hamilton and White County area. They relocate their horses to northern Florida each winter to train and prepare their 60-horse stable for the racing season at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind., which begins Tuesday, April 19, 2016.