Photo: Oaklawn Park
Trainer Lynn Chleborad
reached her 1,000-career
win milestone Friday when The Rocks Rolls won the last of 10 races under
jockey Alex Birzer at odds of 4-1.
A childhood love of horses led Chleborad to where
she is now – among the top trainers on the Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa
racing circuit. Chleborad’s runners have earned over a million dollars
in earnings each year since 2007. She was leading
trainer in 2009 and 2010 at Prairie Meadows and finished in the top 5
in the trainer standings there since 2011 and in top 10 the last two
years at Remington Park.
“I never really even thought about winning 1,000
races until it started to get close,” said Chleborad. “I’ve had
wonderful owners and wonderful people supporting me. I’ve had great
horses and jockeys. There has been bad times, but a lot
more good times. It’s just been a lot of fun.”
Chleborad, who grew up around show horses and
competing in rodeos, was majoring in accounting at Stephens College in
Columbia, Missouri when she realized she “couldn’t sit still long enough
to work in an office” and left to pursue a career
with horses. She started with show horses before making the move to
racehorses. Her break came when she started grooming and galloping for
Herb Riecken, a veteran Nebraska trainer, who helped her get started.
She took out her own trainer’s license in 1987.
One of the better horses in her stable, and her
personal favorite, is American Sugar. The filly has won four stakes in
her career, including the 2013 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn.
Live racing resumes at Oaklawn Saturday with the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) card start with a 1:05 p.m. first post.