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John M. Veitch (born June 27, 1945 in Lexington, Kentucky) is an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred horse trainer. The son of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Sylvester Veitch, he belongs to a family that has been in the horse-training business for three generations.

John M. Veitch
BornJune 27, 1945
Lexington, Kentucky,
United States
Career wins410
Major racing wins
Alabama Stakes (1977)
Champagne Stakes (1977)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1977, 1979)
Delaware Handicap (1977)
Fantasy Stakes (1977, 1979)
Great American Stakes (1977)
Test Stakes (1977)
Tremont Stakes (1977, 1978)
Arlington Classic (1978)
Blue Grass Stakes (1978)
Cowdin Stakes (1978)
Flamingo Stakes (1978)
Florida Derby (1978, 1985, 1988)
Travers Stakes (1978)
Whitney Handicap (1978)
Acorn Stakes (1979)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1979)
Bonnie Miss Stakes (1979)
Kentucky Oaks (1979)
Mother Goose Stakes (1979, 1980)
Ashland Stakes (1980)
Ballerina Stakes (1980)
Cotillion Handicap (1980)
Fashion Stakes (1981)
Matron Stakes (1981)
Spinaway Stakes (1981)
Metropolitan Handicap (1983)
Remsen Stakes (1983)
Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (1985)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (1985)
Peter Pan Stakes (1985)
Lake Placid Stakes (1987, 1988)
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes
(1987, 1988, 1990)
Sheepshead Bay Stakes (1987, 1989)
Jim Dandy Stakes (1988)
Man o' War Stakes (1988)
Turf Classic Stakes (1988)
Washington, D.C. International Stakes (1988)
Black Helen Handicap (1989)
Nashua Stakes (1990)
Yellow Ribbon Stakes (1990)
Diana Stakes (1992)
New York Stakes (1992)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Classic ( 1985)

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2007)
Significant horses
Alydar, Before Dawn, Brian's Time,
Davona Dale, Our Mims, Proud Truth,
Sunshine Forever

Veitch studied at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he played fullback on the university's football team.[1]

From the beginning of his training career in 1974 through the end of 2003, Veitch won 410 races out of 2,340 starts and his horses earned $20,097,980. He began as an assistant with his father as well as for trainer Elliott Burch at Rokeby Stables before going on his own in 1974. In 1976, he accepted the job as head trainer for Lucille Markey's Calumet Farm where he remained until late 1982.[2] He then trained horses for John W. Galbreath of Darby Dan Farm [3] plus Brian's Time for Jodie and Wally Phillips, Galbreath's sister and brother-in-law. For a time in the early 1980s, he additionally handled the training for the stable of Frances A. Genter. In 1998, he closed his small public stable and took the job of racing consultant to a member of Saudi Arabia's royal family. He returned to the United States in April 2000 and trained for Calumet Farm's new owner Henryk deKwiatkowski in 2001.

Before retiring in 2003, he spent 2002 training for John Ed Anthony's newly formed Shortleaf Stable.[4]

During his career, Veitch trained four champions:

Veitch was also the trainer of Hall of Fame inductee Alydar. Famous for his battles with Affirmed in the 1978 U.S. Triple Crown races, during his racing career Alydar defeated Affirmed three times, notably in the 1977 Champagne Stakes and because of disqualification in the 1978 Travers Stakes. Alydar also won the Flamingo Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes, and the Arlington Classic. He took the Whitney Handicap by 10 lengths.

In 1985, Veitch's horse Proud Truth [7] won the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Veitch retired from training in 2003. He holds the position of chief state steward of the Kentucky Horseracing Authority.[8] In 2007, he was elected to the United States' Racing Hall of Fame.[9]


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times - March 2, 1985 accessed June 19, 2010
  2. ^ Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) - July 13, 1991 accessed June 19, 2010
  3. ^ online accessed 2 July 2006
  4. ^ - August 16, 2002 accessed June 19, 2010
  5. ^ online accessed 2 July 2006
  6. ^ online accessed 2 July 2006
  7. ^ online accessed 2 July 2006
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2006-07-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) online accessed 2 July 2006
  9. ^ National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine