Look in the dictionary under “unsung” and you might find Eddie Truman’s picture.
The 66-year-old trainer has toiled long and hard for 43 years, but it’s unlikely he’s achieved as much success as he is currently with a limited number of runners.
Through 19 racing days, Truman has won four races from only 10 starters, a sparkling 40 percent winning average. His most recent score came yesterday, when Lucky Student hung on tenaciously to take the fifth race by a half-length under Edwin Maldonado.
“Everything runs in cycles,” said Truman, no pun intended, since he and his 73-year-old brother, former jockey Jerry, are avid bicyclists. “I’ve been fortunate to have owners like Howard and Janet Siegel who have been with me for 30 years. I’m very appreciate and thankful that my owners have supported me all this time.
“It’s fantastic. They let me do what’s right for the horses, and that’s important. The bottom line is winning races, but you can’t do too much if you don’t have the horses.”
When it comes to horses—and family—for Truman, the buck stops with him. Until recently, he and Jerry would usher their aging mother, Maxine, to the winner’s circle to smell the roses after a victory.
“Now she’s 97 and we can’t get her to the races anymore,” Truman said. “But we have wonderful memories of when we could.”