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Virgil Morgan, Jr.

Full name: Virgil V. Morgan, Jr.
Born: 11/23/1965
Birthplace: Columbus, OH
Residence: Grove City, OH
Height: 6-foot-2
Colors: Blue-White-Black
Career & Personal Highlights Multimedia
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Morgan, Jr. in the News
Newcomer Latest Desire cops Miami Valley feature
Sutton and Morgan Jr. capture titles as Hollywood Dayton wraps up third successful season
Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. featured in Columbus Dispatch
Sutton, Morgan win Miami Valley meet titles
OSRC hears presentations on model medication rules and testing procedures
Poison Oak wins George Williams Memorial final at Miami Valley
Sutton, Morgan Jr. win inaugural Dayton Raceway meet titles
Virgil Morgan, Jr. receives key to the city


Career

Morgan’s Action-Broadway was a multiple stakes winner in 2010 and Hawk’s Cry Electra won the Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old filly pacers…Enjoyed his greatest success with two-time Dan Patch Award winner Mister Big, who in 2009 saw his career come to a close with $4 million in lifetime earnings…Mister Big ranks second to only Gallo Blue Chip for most money won among all pacers in history…Has won the Scioto Downs training title for 16 consecutive years…Morgan learned to love the business through his uncle, Emory Lewis, and his father, Virgil Sr… At age 17, he bought his first horse, trained and raced it, then resold it for a profit…After high school, he worked for Scioto-based Randy Owens for a couple of years, and took some horses on the road for him…Has ranked among the top 15 trainers in North America in wins for 14 of the last 15 seasons…Topped that elite list twice in his career, in 2000 and 2002…Has also been the national runner-up four times, finishing in that position in 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2005…Is a six-time winner of the Jerry Kaltenbach Award as the top trainer on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit, taking honors in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006…His seasonal earnings of $416,000 in 2005 was an OSS record
Personal

Favorite food is fish…first car was a 1980 turbo Trans Am…favorite reading material is Hoof Beats…favorite TV shows are “Seinfeld” and “The Office”....his Doberman, Duke, weighs a whopping 116 pounds…spends his time off the track with kids Tre, 12, and Kiara, 10…runs between 30 and 40 miles each week...favorite movie is “The Godfather.”
 
Career Training Statistics & Dan Patch Award Winners
Year Starts 1sts Rank 2nds 3rds UTR Money Won Rank
2019 575 106 (6) 78 67 .299 1,222,895 (10)
2018 1104 208 (7) 161 149 .314 2,257,552
2017 855 170 (11) 110 97 .308 1,684,117
2016 1009 201 (7) 172 117 .333 1,919,274 (24)
2015 1389 313 (4) 191 176 .344 3,302,450 (10)
2014 1393 328 (2) 207 197 .365 2,604,449 (10)
2013 1344 306 (3) 199 160 .350 3,688,494 (9)
2012 955 179 (11) 153 110 .315 2,473,316 (22)
2011 786 185 (9) 132 99 .371 2,053,026
2010 607 130 76 69 .322 1,197,272
2009 899 178 (15) 138 118 .327 2,693,974 (21)
2008 1364 262 (4) 189 172 .311 4,270,680 (9)
2007 1414 288 (5) 217 182 .332 4,123,162 (6)
2006 865 220 (8) 114 95 .364 1,751,385
2005 1344 320 (2) 191 140 .352 2,494,784 (16)
2004 1254 263 (8) 187 123 .325 2,559,513 (13)
2003 1493 362 (3) 217 178 .363 2,487,244 (10)
2002 1469 374 (1) 222 176 .378 2,158,091 (13)
2001 1674 361 (2) 258 209 .343 2,257,007 (18)
2000 1743 409 (1) 295 213 .369 2,921,615 (8)
1999 1343 364 (2) 213 164 .400 1,978,218 (10)
1998 1082 314 (2) 143 143 .408 1,378,002 (18)
1997 752 193 (4) 105 89 .374 880,632
1996 541 155 (8) 84 54 .406 750,228
1995 417 114 61 48 .393 368,802
1994 176 42 24 26 .364 104,334
1993 124 26 18 20 .344 56,372
1992 22 6 6 1 .439 24,102
27993 6377 (2) 4161 3392 .000 55,660,990 (8)
 

DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS

PACING HORSE
(07) Mister Big
(08) Mister Big