Media Thoroughbred Group’s long-term plan is to work with a number of trainers to suit the needs of various partnerships. Our trainers are actively involved in the horse selection process.
Jason grew up at the racetrack. Why? Because his father was a jockey. His first experiences were with some of the best minds in the business, such as Dr. Alex Harthill. At age 19, he was out on his own as a trainer. His first stakes victory came in the mid-1990s with a filly named Rare Indication. And guess what??? His next stakes victory came less than an hour later with another filly named Sapphire Beads who went on to win more than $260, 000 in her career as a Florida-bred. Today, Jason and his wife, Tracey, have a stable of about 25 horses at HighPointe Training Center in LaGrange, Kentucky. Jason trains Pistols N Pearls, Sunshine on Tap, and Let's Go Mambo.
Larry Jones is no stranger to the spotlight. In 2007 he campaigned Hard Spun on the Triple Crown Trail and in the Breeders' Cup. Hard Spun was in the "superfecta" in all four races. In 2008, he won the Kentucky Oaks with Proud Spell and ran second in the Kentucky Derby with Eight Belles. In the fall of 2007, Larry selected and purchased a Stormy Atlantic yearling for Media Thoroughbred Group. Now two years old, Tears of Jupiter spent her breaking and pre-race training days with Webb Carroll in South Carolina. She will be stabled at Delaware Park with the Larry Jones barn beginning in the summer of 2008. This spring he also became the trainer for Cease Fire and Blackjack Buddha.
Dave Cannizzo was practically born at the racetrack. His father, Ron Cannizzo, had thirty horses in training for Seymour Cohn in the early 1980s, which allowed him to work his way up, from putting on bandages as a young child, to becoming an assistant to Dale Romans in 2001. He now works closely with Scott Lake and has trained on his own since 2006. Dave has campaigned Spirit Warrior for the past year, winning twice at the allowance level, and hitting the board in numerous races at tracks across the northeast.
Before he sent Denis of Cork and Robby Albarado out in the 2008 Belmont, David Carroll said "We are either going to make history or witness it today." No doubt. He took third in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Belmont. He also campaigned Blackberry Road for Dogwood Stables on the derby trail this year. That's a banner year, right? Take a peek at his two year olds! We are very pleased that he has agreed to train for us. We expect him to be pivotal player in the future of MTG horse racing.
Linda Rice has had enormous success as a trainer on the New York circuit. She grew up in the business watching her father successfully select many of the top horses for D. Wayne Lukas. Linda began as an exercise rider and assistant to her dad. she started training on her own in 1986. She campaigned such great horses as City Zip and won 16 stakes races in 2001. Linda took over the duties with Spirit Warrior in mid-July 2008.