Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Trainer Bill Kaplan to Retire After This Weekend

Bill Kaplan is preparing to retire from thoroughbred training after a career in which he had six graded stakes-winning horses including the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Musical Romance.

Kaplan, who is 70, has been a trainer since 1980 with his stable at Calder Casino & Race Course and later at Gulfstream Park.

As of today, Kaplan has 615 winners in 4,868 career starts. He also has 673 second place finishes and 681third place finishes.  His horses have earned $18,752,003.  The numbers are from the Equibase Web site.

It is expected that Kaplan’s last race will be this Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs when he sends out his multiple stakes winner My Point Exactly in the Tampa Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles.

My Point Exactly is owned by a partnership that includes Pinnacle Racing Stable.

Pinnacle and Kaplan were co-owners of Musical Romance, who after her Breeders’ Cup win at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., was voted the winner of the Eclipse Award as Champion Female Sprinter for 2011.

Adam Lazarus, managing partner of Pinnacle, announced Kaplan's retirement in a Facebook post on Monday evening.

We will have more about Bill Kaplan's career, including comments from him and from Lazarus, later this week on this blog and on our Web site.
--Jim Freer

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