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Mark Ford

Full name: Mark S. Ford
Born: 10/12/1970
Birthplace: Ronceverte, WV
Residence: Slate Hill, NY
Height: 5-foot-11
Colors: Blue-Gold-White
Career & Personal Highlights Multimedia
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Ford in the News
Goshen Yearling Sale kicks off the 2018 auction season
Mark Ford says purse structure killing New Jersey horse racing industry
‘Plodder’ Undici eyes 12 furlongs in French American Trotting Club second leg
SBOANJ postition on sports betting
SBOANJ issues statement on Brian Sears and the Meadowlands Pace
Standardbred horsemen guardedly optimistic about commencement of sports betting
Third Goshen Yearling Sale average up 18 percent
Taylor responds to New York glaucine positives


Career

Ford’s stable set career highs of 299 wins and $5.23 million in purses in 2010, led by New Jersey Sire Stakes 2-year-old filly pacing champion Ace Of Pace…His stable has earned at least $3 million in eight consecutive years and 10 of the last 11…Ford owns a 200-horse training center in upstate New York…A native of West Virginia, Ford passed up an agricultural scholarship in England and instead traveled to Florida after high school to work with Clint Galbraith…He moved to the New York/New Jersey area in 1990 and eventually met Ted Wing, who became a big influence… Ford also credits Ray Schnittker with assistance on his road to stardom…One of his first success stories was the purchase of the durable double-gaited Six Day War, for whom he paid just $12,000…Six Day War rewarded his faith with some $240,000 in earnings…Ford stepped into the national spotlight thanks to the pacing gelding Gallo Blue Chip, 2000 Horse of the Year and the richest pacer in the history of the sport with $4.26 million in earnings…Was named co-winner (along with Jimmy Takter) of the 2000 Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year Award by the United States Harness Writers’ Association.


Personal
favorite food is beef…says  “there are no days away from racing” but would spend a free day resting…is motivated by “money, and lots of it”…claims that what you see is what you get and he’s an open book…his greatest racing experience was Gallo Blue Chip winning the Meadowlands…favorite things to watch on TV are the Travel Channel and The Simpsons (Canada is just getting seasons three and four on DVD”)…reads most any magazine, newspaper or writing about current events…greatest thing in his life is being able to have a family…has a daughter Reagan Elizabeth (31 days old)
Favorite food is beef…once worked as a stockyard employee…his favorite pet was his dog Benji, who had only three legs…favorite TV show is “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”…considers his Feb. 14, 2007, wedding to wife, Kelly, his greatest life moment.
 
Career Training Statistics & Dan Patch Award Winners
Year Starts 1sts Rank 2nds 3rds UTR Money Won Rank
2019 475 32 45 51 .156 537,913
2018 836 76 95 113 .199 1,237,443
2017 1009 108 108 124 .207 1,465,403
2016 1166 112 140 153 .206 1,473,076
2015 1272 130 129 156 .199 2,080,944 (21)
2014 1297 131 151 161 .207 2,427,816 (13)
2013 1541 170 (10) 183 196 .219 3,295,550 (13)
2012 1874 246 (5) 253 231 .247 4,225,187 (7)
2011 2089 297 (4) 284 301 .266 6,037,062 (3)
2010 1966 299 (4) 268 242 .269 5,236,730 (7)
2009 1557 258 (6) 192 184 .274 4,119,423 (8)
2008 1552 232 (7) 196 178 .258 3,824,363 (12)
2007 1723 267 (6) 226 215 .269 3,776,951 (7)
2006 1328 228 (7) 185 164 .290 3,000,720 (9)
2005 1391 245 (8) 177 168 .287 3,597,277 (7)
2004 1552 251 (11) 211 184 .277 3,149,843 (8)
2003 1444 210 (12) 214 190 .272 3,128,355 (4)
2002 948 147 135 120 .276 2,538,773 (11)
2001 789 106 87 100 .238 3,711,085 (7)
2000 486 77 65 52 .268 3,751,892 (3)
1999 386 62 55 42 .276 897,518
1998 304 41 38 39 .247 493,192
1997 321 41 43 46 .250 499,440
1996 301 41 44 30 .251 254,984
1995 152 29 20 22 .312 175,618
1994 165 31 18 28 .305 115,859
1993 13 0 0 1 .026 1,316
1992 60 5 8 5 .185 17,274
1991 11 1 1 1 .172 4,658
28008 3873 (6) 3571 3497 .000 65,075,665 (5)
 

DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS

3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE
(00) Gallo Blue Chip

PACING HORSE
(01) Gallo Blue Chip

PACER OF THE YEAR
(00) Gallo Blue Chip

HORSE OF THE YEAR
(00) Gallo Blue Chip