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Trond Smedshammer

Full name: Trond  Smedshammer
Born: 03/22/1967
Birthplace: Gfovik, Norway
Residence: Allentown, NJ
Height: 6-foot-1
Colors: Black-Maroon
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Smedshammer in the News
Four straight for Phaetosive in Bluegrass filly trot
Phaetosive steals in the show in thrilling Elegantimage
Barn Bella, Celebrity Ruth win NYSS at Monticello
Sophomore trotting fillies shine at Tioga
Fad Finance sets track record at Saratoga in NYSS
Smedshammer, Svanstedt are busy during second session at Harrisburg
Skates N Plates wins Charles Smith Trot at Freehold
Buen Camino sets Batavia Downs track record in NYSS action


Career

Smedshammer’s stable surpassed $2.5 million in purses for the eighth consecutive season in 2010…Leading the way were multiple-stakes winners Break The Bank K and Arch Madness…Break The Bank K won the Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt trot final last year on his way to banking $774,455 in earnings…Arch Madness, who upset Donato Hanover in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt trotters, has won 19 of 56 starts and earned $2.4 million over the last four years…Smedshammer came to the U.S. in 1987 after a mandatory year in the Norwegian army and was virtually penniless when he took a job in the barn of fellow Norwegian Per Henriksen…He stayed with Henriksen for six months before heading back to Norway, where he continued to train harness horses…Trond returned to the U.S. a year later to work for Lindy Farms…In 1992, he opened a stable of his own at White Birch Farm in Allentown, N.J., and rose to prominence in 1997 with Bowlin For Dollars, who won a Hambletonian elimination and finished fourth in the final…Smedshammer co-owns many of his trainees, racing under the name American Viking Racing Stable…Was named the Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year in 2004 by the members of the U.S. Harness Writers’ Association…He was also the Grand Circuit’s Trainer of the Year in both 2003 and 2004…Smedshammer guided Windsong’s Legacy to the 2004 Hambletonian and first Trotting Triple Crown in 32 years…The colt’s earnings of $1,713,806 were (at the time) the most ever recorded by a trotter in a single campaign…Smedshammer has won eight Breeders Crown trophies since breaking through with Stroke Play in 2003…Other top horses included Blur, Housethatruthbuilt, Strong Yankee, Creamy Mimi and Sand Vic.
Personal eats “everything,” but favorite meals are his mom’s cooking he eats during visits to his home in Norway…first job was working on the farm and picking potatoes at home during summers, though he didn’t get paid…first car was an Opel…has a French Bulldog named Miles...in his spare time he plays golf with friends or works around his farm at home…greatest racing experience was winning the Triple Crown work…is motivated by seeing results in horses, seeing them progress…favorite TV show is always changing, but is currently Two and a Half Men…people might be surprised to learn he’s a great cook…greatest moment of his life: “Every day is the greatest moment, not one in particular.”
 
Career Training Statistics & Dan Patch Award Winners
Year Starts 1sts Rank 2nds 3rds UTR Money Won Rank
2019 27 8 5 4 .449 117,435
2018 277 62 51 41 .375 1,861,779
2017 249 47 49 35 .345 1,525,654
2016 234 43 43 33 .333 1,208,957
2015 264 42 47 33 .300 1,036,406
2014 314 62 45 45 .325 1,385,218
2013 301 49 59 37 .313 1,550,660
2012 247 54 31 39 .341 1,661,502
2011 318 73 48 51 .367 3,385,214 (16)
2010 310 53 45 39 .294 2,715,797 (18)
2009 351 52 62 55 .299 3,110,401 (15)
2008 347 52 51 38 .268 3,800,399 (13)
2007 380 70 53 41 .298 3,661,653 (8)
2006 315 79 48 34 .371 4,180,700 (4)
2005 336 56 51 42 .293 3,516,722 (8)
2004 326 81 41 51 .370 5,311,104 (3)
2003 263 61 38 31 .351 2,673,111 (8)
2002 180 41 21 21 .331 1,111,571
2001 245 34 27 24 .233 604,593
2000 177 30 20 22 .274 802,258
1999 183 26 26 30 .276 652,841
1998 189 34 27 26 .305 691,914
1997 127 33 23 15 .400 702,390
1996 151 23 23 19 .279 405,664
1995 172 15 16 30 .197 256,418
1994 184 24 29 24 .261 420,946
1993 128 20 18 20 .286 250,770
1992 21 6 3 3 .413 30,467
6616 1230 1000 883 .000 48,632,544 (11)
 

DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS

3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT
(04) Windsong’s Legacy

3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT
(03) Stroke Play
(04) Housethatruthbuilt
(05) Blur

TROTTING HORSE
(06) Sand Vic

TROTTING MARE
(04) Stroke Play

TROTTER OF THE YEAR
(04) Windsong’s Legacy