Birthdate: November 5, 1950.
Birthplace: Altadena, Cal.
Residence: Pasadena, Cal.
Family: Wife, Randi; son, Gary (also a trainer); daughter, Andrea
Nobody is happier when Santa Anita Park hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships than Racing Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. In 2003, Mandella saddled winners of four of the eight Breeders’ Cup races, including the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) with Pleasantly Perfect, for earnings of $4,564,040—considered one of the sport’s greatest single-day achievements.
Mandella was almost as good in the 1993 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, winning two Breeders’ Cup races and two other stakes for earnings of $1,697,500. In 2012, Mandella trained Beholder to a Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies win and the title as Champion 2-year-old Filly. In 2013, Beholder had another championship season that culiminated with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Beholder had to miss most of 2014 due to multiple mishaps but will be returning in 2015.
Mandella worked for his father, Gene, a blacksmith in Beaumont, Cal., and broke and galloped horses at Connie Ring’s neighboring Three Rings Ranch while in high school. He then worked for Farrell Jones on his California ranch and assisted Lefty Nickerson in New York before training privately for Roger Braugh in 1974. He opened a public stable in California in 1976 and since that time has won 17 $1-million races.
Known for his dry wit and self-deprecating sense of humor, Mandella has served on many industry organizations and committees.