John F. Martin

Birth Date: June 05, 1959
Birth Place: Riverside, California

 
Won races at a 27 percent clip in 2013.  
 
Posted a remarkable win percentage of 30.0 in both 2011 and 2012. 
 
Ranked as the third-leading trainer the 2013-2014 Golden Gate Fields winter/spring meeting with 36 victories.  
 
Placed second in the trainer standings at the 2012-2013 winter/spring season while winning races an amazing 32 percent clip (47-for-145).   
 
Has ranked among the top five trainers at 12 Golden Gate Fields meetings. 
 
Finished among the top five trainers 11 times at now defunct Bay Meadows.  
 
Won the training championship at the 2013 Big Fresno Fair.  Tied for the title at the Big Fresno Fair in 2011 and 2009. 
 
Won the training championship at the San Joaquin County Fair meeting in Stockton in 2005 and 2008.  
 
Captured the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Canterbury Park in 2006 with Me My Mine.  
 
Won the $100,000 California Turf Sprint Championship at Bay Meadows with Exceeding in 2005.   
 
Trained multiple stakes-winning thoroughbreds She’s Sensational and Strong Faith.  
 
Won the 2004 Saratoga Handicap at Bay Meadows with Onebigbag, a horse he claimed for $50,000 out of his previous start.
 
Has been involved with horses his entire life as he grew up on Alamo Ranch, a breeding, training and layup facility in Riverside that was owned and operated by his father, Jack.  
 
Took out his trainer’s license in 1984 and started his career with Quarter Horses at Bay Meadows.  Ran horses primarily at Bay Meadows, Los Alamitos and on the Northern California fair circuit through the 1980s.
 
Trained many stakes-winning Quarter Horses, including multiple winners Skirt Chasin Alibi and Bigojetairliner.
 
Had great success with Appaloosas on the summer fair circuit and trained many stakes-winning Appys, including Papa John, who won 10 straight races. 
 
Started to make the switch to thoroughbreds in the mid 1990s and competed full time at a thoroughbred meeting for the first time in 1997 at Bay Meadows.