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John F. Martin
Birth Date: June 05, 1959
Birth Place: Riverside, California
Has won races at a rate of 23 percent or higher each of the past eight years.
Through the first nine months of 2010, he was winning races at a remarkable 31 percent clip.
Finished sixth in the trainer standings at the 2009-2010 Golden Gate Fields meeting and owned the best win percentage (29.5) among the top 10 trainers. Martin scored with 29 of his 98 starters at the meeting.
Has ranked among the top five trainers at six Golden Gate Fields meetings.
Finished among the top five trainers 11 times at now defunct Bay Meadows.
Was the third-leading trainer at Golden Gate Fields at both the 2003-2004 racing season and the 2004-2005 winter meeting.
Was the third-leading trainer at the following Bay Meadows meetings: 2005 winter/spring, 2004 fall, and 2004 spring.
Won the training championship at the San Joaquin County Fair meeting in Stockton in 2005 and 2008. Tied with Rene Amescua and William E. Morey for the conditioning crown at the 2009 Big Fresno Fair meeting.
Trained multiple stakes-winner Strong Faith, who in 2006 captured the Hillsborough Handicap at Bay Meadows and the Muir Wood Stakes and Half Moon Bay Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Won the 2004 Saratoga Handicap at Bay Meadows with Onebigbag, a horse he claimed for $50,000 out of his previous start.
Also trained stakes-winners She’s Sensational (2008 Alameda County Filly and Mare Handicap at Pleasanton) and Exceeding (2005 California Turf Sprint Championship at Bay Meadows).
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.
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.