horsepersonalities and…Mark GlattThoroughbred Trainer

Mark Glatt was raised in racing. A second-generation trainer, his father Ron has raced horses up and down the West Coast for more than 20 years. Last October, the young conditioner won his first hundred-grander and graded stakes when the ...Mark Glatt was raised in racing. A second-generation trainer, his father Ron has raced horses up and down the West Coast for more than 20 years. Last October, the young conditioner won his first hundred-grander and graded stakes when the ...

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Mark Glatt was raised in racing. A second-generation trainer, his father Ron has raced horses up and down the West Coast for more than 20 years. Last October, the young conditioner won his first hundred-grander and graded stakes when the California-bred Michigan Bluff captured the Hillsborough H. (G3) at Bay Meadows.

"I took over her training last April," Glatt stated. "We won a couple of conditioned allowance races with her right away and then tried her in a stakes on the dirt. She’s better on the turf, though."

The Plan B Stable colorbearer placed in an overnight stakes prior to her Hillsborough victory, earning her first black-type and setting herself up perfectly for the graded event.

"We were pretty optimistic going in," Glatt said. "The mile and an eighth on the turf was just perfect for her."

Now seven years old, Michigan Bluff, a daughter of Breeders Cup Classic (G1) winner Skywalker, has been retired to the breeding shed and is scheduled to visit the court of General Meeting.

"She won three races in seven starts for us," Glatt said. "She was our stable star, but she retired at the top of her game."

Luckily, the Glatt stable has another star coming off the bench to carry the ball. Leslie and Margaret Johnson’s Salish Shaman, who won five of his first six starts, including the Harry Henson S. at Hollywood Park, is set to resume training.

"He beat Freespool and Love That Red in the Henson," Glatt related. "That shows you what kind of horse he is."

A tendon problem and a shoulder fracture have kept the colt sidelined for more than a year.

"We had him nuclear scanned the other day and he is all healed up," Glatt offered. "He’ll go back into training next month.

"Plan B Stable bought some nice yearlings last year, so we should have some useful two-year-olds too," he continued. "Things are going pretty good right now."

Did you know?
Mark Glatt won 59 races in 341 starts during 2000 for a winning clip of 17 percent!