Robert J. Frankel

Horseracing personalities infobox
name = Robert Frankel

caption =
occupation = Trainer
birthplace = Brooklyn, New York flagicon|USA
birth date = July 9, 1941
death date =
career wins = 3,500+ (ongoing)
race = Eddie Read Handicap
(1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1997)
Vanity Invitational Handicap (1984)
John C. Mabee Handicap
(1990, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2007)
Santa Anita Handicap (1990, 2002, 2003)
Arlington Handicap
(1991, 1994, 1996, 2000)
Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes
(1991, 1999, 2000, 2001)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1991, 2001, 2008)
Hollywood Derby (1991, 1999, 2001)
Pacific Classic Stakes
(1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001)
Woodward Stakes (1993, 2001, 2003, 2004)
Yellow Ribbon Stakes
(1993, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (1996, 2002, 2005)
Arlington Million (2000, 2002)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (2001)
Whitney Handicap (2001, 2003)
Travers Stakes (2002)
Coaching Club American Oaks (2003)
Forego Handicap (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008)
Wood Memorial Stakes (2003)
Florida Derby (2003)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (2003)
Louisiana Derby (2003, 2005)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Belmont Stakes (2003)
Breeders' Cup Sprint (2001)
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2002, 2005)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2004)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (2007)

International wins:
Japan Cup (1988)
E. P. Taylor Stakes (2004)
Queen's Plate (2005)
awards = Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer
(1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
U.S. Champion Trainer by earnings
(1993, 2002, 2003)
honours = National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1995)
horses = Squirtle Squirt, Skimming, Bertrando, Empire Maker, Peace Rules, Milwaukee Brew, Starine, Beat Hollow, Medaglia d'Oro, Ghostzapper, Leroidesanimaux, Ginger Punch

Robert "Bobby" J. Frankel (born July 9,1941 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American thoroughbred race horse trainer. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1995.

Early in his career, in 1960's New York, Frankel assisted the prominent trainer, Buddy Jacobson. On his own, Frankel saddled his first winner late in 1966 [] before struggling somewhat in 1967, when he won with just 9 of 101 starters. [ "The American Racing Manual, 1968"] He was rolling, however during 1968, winning 36 of 165 outings as his horses accumulated 167 grand in purse money.. [ "The American Racing Manual, 1969"] In the next few years he continued to prosper in New York and during the winter of 1970-1971, he had some success at the classy West Coast meeting at Santa Anita.

After moving permanently to California in 1972, Bobby Frankel became the talk of the horse betting world, winning a record 60 races at Hollywood Park. Many of those victories came with runners whom his owners had acquired via the claim-box for $5,000 to $10,000. These horses typically showed dramatic improvement under his care, often winning their very next start against higher priced claiming company.

Frankel is an avid follower of the training techniques of the late and great Charlie Whittingham, trainer of champions such as Ferdinand and Sunday Silence. Frankel has won several Eclipse Awards, the year-end horse racing awards, for best trainer. He has set earnings records, Grade I Stakes victories records, and many others. Frankel has also won the Pacific Classic Stakes a record six times, including four in a row.

Some of his best horses include Squirtle Squirt, his first Breeders' Cup winner; Skimming 2-Time Winner of the Grade 1 Pacific Classic; Sightseek, winner of the Humana Distaff (gr. I) and Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I); triple grade I winner; Empire Maker, victor of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I); multiple Grade I winning Peace Rules; two-time Santa Anita H. (gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew; and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) winner Starine, whom he also owned; and Ghostzapper, the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner who was voted the 2004 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.

Bobby Frankel was the U.S. Champion Trainer by earnings in 2002 and 2003.

On June 26, 2005, the horse Wild Desert, owned by several businesspeople including former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, gave Frankel his first victory in the $1 million Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine Racetrack.

His daughter Bethenny Frankel, is currently starring in "The Real Housewives of New York City", a reality television program on the Bravo network.


* [ Bobby Frankel at the NTRA]

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