WINNER’S CIRCLE STATEMENT FROM DAVID
HOFMANS ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 1,000th CAREER TRAINING VICTORY AFTER
SADDLING FIRST TIME STARTER SULTRY SEASON TO WIN THE 10th RACE AT
SANTA ANITA MONDAY BY 8 ¾ LENGTHS AT A $9.40 WIN PAYOFF UNDER JOE TALAMO FOR
OWNERS LAWRENCE CANCELLIERI OF NEWPORT BEACH AND PETE PARRELLA (LEGACY RANCH)
“I’m glad to get it over with. Even
though I tried not to think about it, it was there. I’m just glad it
happened with Pete Parrella because Pete and I have been together for 40 years.
I won number 999 at Pomona (Fairplex Park)
and I was hoping to hold off (for 1,000) at Santa Anita.
“I kind of looked up the guys (trainers)
who have done it (won 1,000), and a lot of guys have won 1,000 races, but most
of them have big stables. We have a small stable. We only carry 25 to 30
horses, and it’s hard to do. We’re here; we’re happy.
Some of the big horses he trained that come to
mind: “Of course, we had Alphabet Soup (1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic
winner); he was wonderful. Touch Gold (1997 Belmont winner) was great, Awesome
Again was fantastic, Desert Code, His Legacy, years ago, was one of my favorite
horses of all time. He was a great old Cal-bred horse. Dramatic Gold. There
are so many of them. Greg’s Gold, he was fantastic and won a lot of races
"We’re just happy for all my clients
and all my barn help and glad this is done.”
Hofmans, 69, was born in Los Angeles. He saddled his first winner in