A native of Wisconsin, Linda Rice is a third generation horse trainer who grew up in the business. She attended Penn State University, while still being actively involved in the breaking, training and development of young horses. By the end of 2014, Linda has won over 1250 races with purse earnings exceeding $46,000,000 securing her position as one of New York’s leading trainers.
Linda was the first woman to win a training title at the New York circuit in Saratoga 2009 and since, has won multiple training titles both at Aqueduct, and Belmont. Linda’s accomplishments include, winning every graded stakes race for two-year-olds at the prestigious Saratoga meet. The New York Turf Writers presented Linda with the Four Star Dave Award for her outstanding accomplishments with City Zip. City Zip won four consecutive stakes in a row as a two year-old, including the Grade I stake, The Hopeful, at Saratoga.
From 2009-2013 Linda was honored by the NY Breeders Association three times as Trainer of the Year for her outstanding performance in victories and purse earnings. She has built her racing team into one of the strongest in the country by purchasing and developing weanlings, yearlings and two year-olds into racing prospects. Linda has also ventured into the claiming game with much success. Claiming multiple grade 1 winning Palace for a mere $20k in 2012. As well as Kid Cruz, who won the Private Terms, Frederick Tessio, Easy Goer and Dwyer Stakes before running fourth in this year’s Travers.
Off the track, Linda has been an active member of the NYTHA Board since 2002. Her main objectives on the Board are to address issues of increased purse monies from VLT’s in conjunction with securing live race dates for New York horsemen, protecting the integrity of racing with uniform medication rules, minimizing the workmen’s compensation issues that have plagued California racing, and marketing horseracing aggressively as a national sport. In addition, her position as chairperson of the Scholarship Committee has allowed her to help backstretch employees who seek to further their education and promote self-improvement. Linda’s goal is to represent all horsemen in her efforts to improve the future of New York racing.
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