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William E. Morey
Birth Date: April 10, 1974
Birth Place: Redwood City, California
Earned his first training championship at the 2008 Golden Gate Fields Spring Meeting when he saddled 25 winners at the 30-day session. Morey upset perennial champ Jerry Hollendorfer, who had won 32 straight training crowns at GGF, a streak that began in 1986.
Has finished second in the trainer standings at seven GGF meetings: 2013 Summer with nine wins, 2012 Summer with nine wins, 2010 Fall with 30 wins, 2010 Summer with 21 wins, 2008 Fall with 46 wins, 2007-2008 Winter with 36 wins, and 2005 Spring with 16 wins.
Was the third-leading trainer at the following Golden Gate Fields meetings: 2011-2012 Winter/Spring with 53 wins, 2011 Fall with 19 wins, 2011 Summer with nine wins, 2009-2010 Winter/Spring with 64 wins, 2009 Fall/Winter with 21 wins, and 2008-2009 Winter/Spring with 53 wins.
Has ranked among the top five trainers at the past 20 major meetings in Northern California.
Tied for leading trainer honors at both the 2010 and 2009 California State Fair meetings in Sacramento.
Took top trainer honors at the 2010 Humboldt County Fair meeting in Ferndale.
Achieved a career high in wins (153) and earnings ($2,458,628) in 2008, when he tied for 16th in the nation in races won and ranked 61st in purse money won.
Finished 13th in the nation in victories in 2010 when he saddled 149 winners.
Was 27th in the nation in races won in 2009 when sent out 126 winners.
Has won five stakes with Positive Response – the 2013 Rolling Green, 2011 California Derby and 2010 Gold Rush at Golden Gate Fields; the 2013 County of Alameda Handicap at Pleasanton; and the 2011 John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park.
Trains the talented filly City by the Bay, who scored a 8 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park in September.
Has trained the following stakes-winners: Hudson Landing ($60,000 Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in 2010), Trapper ($100,000 California Sprint Championship, Bay Meadows, 2003), Penny Ante ($72,200 Hillsborough Handicap, Bay Meadows, 2005, and $60,750 Luther Burbank Handicap, Santa Rosa, 2005), Scrumpy ($60,300 Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap, Pleasanton, 2008), Don Jaun Con ($53,600 Everett Nevin Alameda County Futurity, Pleasanton, 2005), Press Camp ($51,100 San Ramon Stakes and $49,350 Tiburon Handicap, Golden Gate Fields, 2006), Stone Rain ($51,200 Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap, Pleasanton, 2006), and Falling Knife ($30,790 Humboldt County Marathon, Ferndale, 2012).
Took out his trainer’s license and began running horses in his own name in January 2001. Enjoyed a fine debut year, saddling 45 winners.
First cracked the Top 10 in the trainer standings when he finished eighth at the 2001 Bay Meadows Fall meeting and has ranked among the top 10 trainers at every major Northern California meeting since that 2001 Fall session.
Son of Northern California training mainstay William J. Morey, Jr., he grew up at the racetrack, accompanying his father to the barn whenever possible. Became licensed as an assistant trainer at age 19 and served as his father’s chief aid.
Ran the Northern California operation of the Morey racing stable for most of 1999 and 2000 while his father managed the career of millionaire Dixie Dot Com and other horses in Southern California.
Attended San Jose State and earned a degree in economics in eight semesters while working full time at the track with his father.