Carl Nafzger

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Carl Nafzger
Occupation Horse trainer
Born (1941-08-29) August 29, 1941 (age 80)
Plainview, Texas, United States
Career wins 1,128+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins
Breeders' Futurity (1980, 1986)
Arlington Classic (1981)
Washington Park Handicap (1985)
Alcibiades Stakes (1986, 2002)
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (1989)
Florida Derby (1990)
Lexington Stakes (1990, 2000)
Secretariat Stakes (1990)
Super Derby (1990)
Memorial Day Handicap (1995)
Alabama Stakes (1998, 2007)
Bonnie Miss Stakes (1998)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1998)
Spinster Stakes (1998)
Apple Blossom Handicap (1999)
Go For Wand Handicap (1999)
Travers Stakes (2000, 2007)
Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (2001)
Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (2003)
Tampa Bay Derby (2007)
Jim Dandy Stakes (2007)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:

Kentucky Derby (1990, 2007)
Breeders' Cup Classic (1990)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2006)
Racing awards
Big Sport of Turfdom Award (1990, 2007)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer (1990)
Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame (2008)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (2008)
Significant horses
Unbridled, Banshee Breeze, Street Sense, Fairway Phantom, Home At Last, Super Abound, Unshaded, Vicar, Star Choice, Mayo on the Side

Carl A. Nafzger (born August 29, 1941 in Plainview, Texas) is an American Hall of Fame horse trainer. Before he was involved in horseracing he was a championship Rodeo bullrider.

Nafzger trained Unbridled who won the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic. In 1990 he was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer and the Big Sport of Turfdom Award. In 1994, he wrote a book on the training of Thoroughbred horses titled Traits Of A Winner that was published by R. Meerdink Co. (ISBN 978-0929346328).

In 1998, Nafzger trained Banshee Breeze who won that year's Eclipse Award for Outstanding 3-Year-Old Filly. In 2006 he was back in the national spotlight as the trainer of the colt Street Sense who won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the 2007 Kentucky Derby. Now in semi-retirement, Nafzger will only train for two clients, James B. Tafel, owner of Street Sense, and for Bentley Smith, who now has eight horses being trained by Nafzger. Smith's first wife (who died in 1999) was the daughter of Unbridled's owner, Frances A. Genter, and ran the Genter stable before its dissolution.

Inducted to the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008

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