Arlington Million

Richard Mandella

RICHARD MANDELLA was born in Altadena, Calif., on Nov. 5, 1950.  His father, Gene, was a farrier in Beaumont, Calif., and Richard got his start in horse racing through him.  He worked at Three Rings Ranch for three years and at Farrell Jones’ Riverside Ranch for one year.  He later became an assistant to trainer V. J. “Lefty” Nickerson.  Mandella went out on his own in 1974 as a private trainer for Roger Braugh and opened a public stable in 1976. He saddled his first stakes winner, Bad ‘n Big, in 1977.  Top horses trained by Mandella include: Breeders’ Cup winners Kotashaan (1993 Turf) and Phone Chatter (1993 Juvenile Fillies), Best Pal, Afternoon Delites, Wild Rush, Dare and Go (who snapped Cigar’s 16-race win streak in the 1996 Pacific Classic), Sandpit (twice Million runner-up and third once) and 1990 Beverly D. victress Reluctant Guest.  He was inducted into the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga in 2001.  Mandella enjoyed a career year in 2003, topped by an unprecedented four winners during the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park, consummated by Pleasantly Perfect’s score in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, powered by Dodge.  He won the 2006 Arlingtom Million with The Tin Man, who came back to run second the following year at age 9.