Trainer Information

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Thoroughbred Trainers in California

Selecting a Trainer

When selecting a trainer, keep in mind the following factors: your budget, hands-on participation (for you and your trainer), and your philosophy. Once you have determined your conditions and expectations, arrange a meeting with a trainer. You can find their contact information in the Trainer Directory, provided by California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT).

When arranging a meeting with a trainer, you may suggest starting at their barn to meet the staff, see the horses, and get a feel for how they manage their barn. You’ll want to keep in mind the factors listed above and how often they will communicate with you and/or include you in decision making regarding your horse’s racing career.

It’s important to find a trainer that you feel comfortable working with. They will serve as a close business partner, and TOC highly encourages you to create a contract with them. To see a sample contract, please email