(Trainer Genaro Garcia captures the Trainer’s Title at the recently concluded meet at Horseshoe Indianapolis / Coady Photography)
From the Horseshoe Indianapolis Media Team / Tammy Knox:
Genaro Garcia wins fifth Leading Trainer title at Horseshoe Indianapolis
Genaro Garcia earned his first Leading Trainer title in 2017. This year, he topped the standings again, winning his fifth title in the past seven years at the conclusion of the 2023 racing season at Horseshoe Indianapolis.
Garcia’s horses won 73 races during the 123-day meet with purse earnings of more than $1.7 million. The tally marks a new record for most money earned in one season by a trainer in Horseshoe Indianapolis history.
“I want to everyone who made this possible,” said Garcia. “Our whole team in the barn and all the riders had a hand in this. I thank all of them for their hard work.”
Of the five titles, the win tally in 2023 is the highest for Garcia. He completes the 2023 season with 495 career wins and has now taken over the top spot on the list of all-time leading trainers. He was the only trainer to score a four-win day and added one triple and 11 doubles to his stat line. He had many horses standout during the meet, but his two-year-olds really shined, including Molly’s Town, who was four for four on the year, including two stakes wins.
“I’m always surprised with our two-year-olds,” said Garcia. “That’s what excites me every year. They give you hope each year and it’s real exciting to see them. And you are always looking for the next two-year-old. That’s exciting. We start with our babies in September and work with them for 60 days, then we give them a break and start back with them.”
Garcia, who calls Central Indiana home, will keep some horses at Horseshoe Indianapolis for winter training and racing at Turfway, but he plans to spread out and race at other tracks, including Oaklawn and Fair Grounds. His younger horses get a break until next year’s meet, which begins April 8, 2024.
Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager, and Chris Polzin, Director of Racing, made the trophy presentation to Garcia in the winner’s circle during the final program.
“This is the type of day you never forget,” added Garcia. “This is a day that is special when you win one of these (titles).”
The 22nd season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing begins with a special Monday, April 8 racing program at 12 p.m. for the Total Solar Eclipse Day in the area. Racing extends through Thursday, Nov. 14. For more information on live racing at Horseshoe Indianapolis, visitwww.caesars.com/horseshoe-indianapolis.