Claude R. McGaughey III
Shug McGaughey was born Jan. 6, 1951, in Lexington, Ky. and has residences in Old Westbury, N.Y. and North Miami Beach, Fla. His family includes wife, Alison; sons Claude IV (Chip) and John Reeve. Shug grew up in Lexington, Ky., the son of a real estate agent and attended the University of Mississippi, but dropped out in his junior year to keep his job as a groom for trainer David Carr. He served as Carr's assistant and later as an assistant to David Whiteley for five years before going out on his own in April 1979. He started to work for owner John Ed Anthony of Loblolly Stable in 1982 and later was named trainer of the Phipps family stable on Nov. 11, 1985. McGaughey won the Eclipse Award as Outstanding Trainer in 1988, a year in which his starters earned more than $8 million and won 15 Grade I races. He is probably best known for his handling of Personal Ensign, who went 13-for-13 during her remarkable career. She was the first major horse in 80 years to complete her career undefeated. She capped her career with a victory in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff, edging Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors in one of the most thrilling finishes in Breeders' Cup history. Personal Ensign also was an outstanding broodmare and her foals included graded stakes winners Miner's Mark, Our Emblem, My Flag and Traditionally. McGaughey won 13 Grade I races with five different horses in 1989, including the Belmont Stakes with Easy Goer. He won an unprecedented five stakes races in one day on Breeders' Cup Preview Day at Belmont Park on Oct. 16, 1993: the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup (Miner's Mark); G3 Kelso Handicap (Lure); G1 Frizette (Heavenly Prize); G1 Beldame (Dispute); and G3 Lawrence Realization (Strolling Along). He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame on Aug, 9, 2004. He has trained numerous champions including Easy Goer, Heavenly Prize, Inside Information, Personal Ensign, Queena, Rhythm, Vanlandingham and Smuggler. Won the 2013 Florida Derby and Kentucly Derby with Orb.