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John F. Martin
Birth Place: Riverside, California
• Won the training championship at the 2013 and 2014 Big Fresno Fair meets; tied for the title at the Big Fresno Fair in 2011 and 2009
• Captured the training championship at the San Joaquin County Fair meeting in Stockton in 2005 and 2008
• In 2006 Won the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel with Me My Mine one start after claiming the gelding for $40,000
• 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, Los Alamitos, and the fair circuit; stakes-winning quarter horses Martin trained include 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.
Exceeding: 2005 California Turf Sprint Championship
Me My Mine: 2006 Phil D. Shepherd; 2006 Claiming Crown Jewel
Onebigbag: 2004 Saratoga H.
She’s Sensational: 2009 Sun City H.; 2009 Glendale H.; 2008 Alameda County H.
Strong Faith: 2006 Hillsborough H.; 2006 Half Moon Bay; 2006 Muir Woods