THIS JUST IN: Linda Rice is now a Cover Girl !
Linda Rice, 48, was foaled in Racine, WI, and raised in Hershey, PA. Currently she lives as a bachelorette in Floral Park, NY, just a few furlongs from her stable at Belmont Park Racetrack. Linda attended Penn State University at the State College Campus in State College, PA, in 1982, where she studied computer science for two years.
Linda’s father, Clyde Rice, is a trainer and her mother, Jean, assists in the operation of her husband’s racing stable. Having horses with Linda is a true family-affair. Her parents own and operate Indian Prairie Ranch in Anthony, FL, outside Ocala. There her father breaks, trains and develops young horses. A brother, Brian Rice, owns and operates Woodside Ranch, also near Ocala in Ft. McCoy. Most of Linda’s young horses are sent to one of the family’s ranches for their early training while Linda makes frequent trips there to oversee their preparation. Linda recalls a compelling moment in 1973 at age 9 when she and her family were gathered around their home TV watching the great champion Secretariat capture the Triple Crown. It was then she realized the horse racing game was for her. Linda, bred into the horse racing business, worked in many different capacities including hotwalker, groom, exercise rider and assistant trainer for her father before taking out her own trainer’s license in NJ in 1987 at age 23. She established the Linda Rice Racing Stable and her first winner was Contraboss at Garden State Racetrack in NJ that same year.
As Linda’s stable began to grow in size and quality, she moved to NY in 1991 and achieved much success. With Belmont Park established as her year-round home base, Linda currently has 28 horses training at that Long Island facility; she also operates a seasonal division at Finger Lakes as well as a division on the NJ circuit at Monmouth Park. In addition she campaigns winter divisions at Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs in South Florida. From 1998 thru 10/20/2013, Rice has saddled a career total of 11364 winners with 974 seconds and 931 thirds for $39.6 million in purse monies. Saratoga 2009 was also a record meet for Ms Rice, as she broke the barrier and was crowned the historic meet's first-ever woman to lead the final trainer standings (20 wins). Linda has tightened the girth on over 60 stakes winners including four Grade 1 winners. Among Linda’s more notable graded stake winners is her personal favorite, City Zip, who swept all three major juveniles stake races at the prestigious Saratoga Racecourse summer meeting in 2000– the Grade 3 Sanford, the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes. City Zip became just the fourth horse in history and the first since Dehere in 1993 to sweep all three 2-y-0 stakes races. City Zip won over $800,000 in his career before being retired to stud. Another good runner was Things Change, a winner of over $400,000, who became Linda’s first Grade 1 winner when she took the 1998 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga. Also in 1998, Linda became the first female to win a Grade 1 stakes race at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY; her trainee, Tenski, a winner of over $600,000, won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Tenski also annexed two graded stakes at Saratoga in 1998: the Lake Placid and Lake George Stakes. Another notable feat in Linda’s career occurred in 1995 when she won the Astoria Stakes with Zee Lady and the Tremont Stakes with Rosie O’Greta, the only filly to win the Tremont in 105 years. Linda also trained Soldier Field, a 3-year-old graded stake winner on the turf who equaled two track records, one on the turf and one on the dirt. Under Linda’s supervision, the following horses set course records: Yankee Tradition at Saratoga, Zee Lady and Soldier Field at Aqueduct, Lady Lear at Belmont Park, and Double Booked at Laurel and Pimlico. Linda is currently training two horses in two separate LLCs for the Trackmen Racing Stable. Rice's 2014 stats thru August 11 show her 295 runners have recorded 58 wins, 60 seconds and 42 thirds, while earning over $3.4 million and posting a 19% win average with an eye-popping 41% in-the-money average. Go, Baby, Go!
When asked what aspect of racing she enjoys most, Linda quickly answered “Winning” and added “I enjoy attending the horse sales and buying young racing prospects and watching them develop and campaigning them. I especially enjoy when one of the prospects turns into a stakes winner or hopefully a graded stakes winner”. The majority of the runners in Linda’s stable are purchased by Linda for her clients at the horse auctions. She has been very successful with selecting prospects from the sales and consequently has a very good reputation in the industry for “having a good eye for a horse at the sales”. Linda’s words of wisdom to horse owners are “Be patient; keep your quality up and your numbers down”.
When she is not saddling horses or attending horse sales, Linda enjoys movies, the theater and music in her precious spare time.
I have known Linda for over 24 years. We were once contemporaries and I personally selected her from a group of over 200 NY trainers to head our Trackmen Golf Club Stables. She is very professional and competent and she employs a great barn staff complimented by a very efficient stable office and secretary. Linda Rice and the TGC Stables have enjoyed many successes together and look forward to many more!
TRS Trainer Bruce Levine
Bruce Levine's career victories now total 1,960!
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Trainer Bruce N. Levine, 58, is a native New Yorker, born in NYC and raised on Long Island; he currently resides in Glen Cove, NY, with his charming wife Debra. A 1977 Graduate of the University of Miami, Bruce has a BA Degree in Business Administration, which no doubt helps him manage his various racing stables. He played the horses as a teenager and broke in soon afterward under the tutelage of Johnny Campo, who ran one of the circuit's most powerful stables in the mid-1970s. "I always came to the track to play the horses. That was my biggest hobby", Bruce adds. "Eventually, I found my way to the backstretch and started walking hots. I guess that's the way a lot of trainers get started." Levine saddled his first winner at Aqueduct in 1979 and counts 26 graded stakes wins among his victories, including his first Grade 1 with the New York-bred sprinter Bustin Stones in the 2008 Carter Handicap. Learning from the ground up, Levine has amassed over 4,480 in-the-money placings, with the majority of his 9,300 runners competing on the tough NYRA circuit. Long known for his consistency and success since the early 1980s primarily on the New York circuit, 2008 marked his best year ever: Levine ranked 8th nationally in number of races won and 16th nationally in purse money won. Levine's 751 runners posted 188 wins, 126 seconds and 104 thirds for purse earnings of $6,561,285 and a 56% in-the-money average. Bruce Levine also won the Monmouth Park training title 2009 and 2008; he also garnered the trainer title at the 2007 and 2009 Meadowlands meet. Levine has about 75 horses in training, split nearly equally between New York and New Jersey, and he believes the two-headed monster approach gives him an edge. "I think running two divisions gives me a lot of flexibility and helps my hand," said Levine, who spends the bulk of his time in New York with occasional trips to New Jersey, primarily to oversee training. "We have a very good crew, and with two divisions we can find the right spots for the right stock. You try to watch races, replays, and scout other trainers and their moves - it's like playing cards and you just try to evaluate who has what. You need to then evaluate your hand properly and play it out the right way - having good owners and getting horses at the right levels helps. When I claim, generally I'm looking for useful horses, either with conditions or maybe with something I see I can do different, such as maybe adding blinkers or something." Levine's numbers with horses he sends out for the first time - via claim or trainer change - are remarkable, and he's also profitable via blind bet in many other categories, such as turf to dirt and blinkers on. While Levine can be very aggressive with much of his stock, he also is a well-rounded horseman who is taking a patient approach with developing his younger stock. "I like to buy a two-turn horse that I feel will ultimately get a distance of ground when I look at young stock," he said. "I've been concentrating more on younger horses now and want to develop good ones, not so much horses that will just burn five and half or six furlongs. Like everyone else in this business, you look for that Kentucky Derby horse." Indeed, a niche for Levine is he does connect at 26 percent ($2.43 return on investment) with maidens in their second start. Levine's numbers with horses he sends out for the first time - via claim or trainer change - are remarkable, and he's also profitable via blind bet in many other categories, such as turf to dirt and blinkers on. Levine wins at upwards of 30 percent with new acquisitions and layoff horses. Levine's 2014 stats thru August 11 show his 230 runners have captured 33 wins, 32 seconds and 33 thirds, while earning over $1.5 million. Go, Baby, Go!