The Unbelievable True Story of Trainer Antonio Sano

Gunnevara Fountain of YouthHe is now training a major Kentucky Derby contender

Antonio Sano was Venezuela’s most successful thoroughbred trainer. Race after race, 3,338 times, his horses won as his reputation as the “Czar of the Hippodrome” grew. Until he lost it all in the span of 36 agonizing days. Not at the track, but in a cell of a room that had no windows, no toilet, no…

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.


  1. Larry Cartwright says

    WOW.. I had no idea of the struggles this man had gone through…About 18 months ago I did notice how his name was attached to several large odds winners..So, I put him in my Brisnet Stable mail…I have successfully cashed a few Tax Tickets keying his horses at GP…I watched …and wagered with delight as Gunnevera ran through the conditions and up and including the Fla. Derby…I will continue to follow him and his stable all the way to Churchill…and beyond!!
    Thank you for the story…incredible and inspiring!!

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