John Terranova

A licensed trainer for 22 years and half of a true racing “Power Couple,” John Terranova has made a name for himself from coast to coast.

For more than 15 years, John, along with his wife Tonja, has supervised the East Coast division of the powerful Bob Baffert stable in addition to running his own highly successful racing operation.

The Long Island-born horseman majored in business at Boston College but left after 2-1/2 years to pursue his true passion at the racetrack. Having worked for trainers on both coasts, John took out his license in 1992 and saddled his first winner in 1993 at Keeneland. By the late 1990s, John illustrated his talents through the exploits of the highly popular gray millionaire Gander who made 60 starts and was voted New York Horse of the Year.

John won his first Grade 1 in 2008 with Laragh then followed that up with Grade 1 wins in 2009 with Negligee, in 2010 with Franny Freud, and 2011 with Lilacs and Lace.

John has saddled starters in six Breeders’ Cup events as well as in the 2013 Kentucky Derby and has earned accolades for his work with two-year-olds in particular.

Recent NYRA Statistics:

Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
609
76
86
87
$5,517,263

 

Year
Starts
1st
2nd
3rd
Earnings
2016
35
3
6
4
$280,683
2015
162
18
27
20
 $1,624,514
2014
154
16
18
27
 $1,213,095
2013
116
22
16
17
 $1,329,179
2012
142
17
19
19
 $1,069,792

 

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