Randy Smith Earns Third Straight Indiana Grand QH Training Title

The trainer also topped the $1-million mark in purse earnings for the second consecutive year.

Edited press release

Indiana Grand honored its leading Quarter Horse trainer, Randy Smith (second from right), during a winner's circle presentation on Saturday. Smith is flanked on the left by Indiana Grand director of racing Kevin Greely and on the right by track general manager Jon Schuster. Joining Smith is his wife, Debbie (second from left), daughter Chelsie Waier, and his three granddaughters. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Randy Smith earned his third consecutive Quarter Horse training title at Indiana Grand Racetrack, which ended its 2016 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet on Saturday.

A native of Broughton, Illinois, Smith nearly matched his record setting year of 2015, when he rewrote the record books for most wins and highest purse earnings by a Quarter Horse trainer in one meet. Smith won 44 races this season, just two shy of the single-season mark (46) that he established last year.

Smith also topped the $1-million mark in purse earnings for the second consecutive year. He is the only Quarter Horse trainer in Indiana Grand history to earn more than $1 million in purses during a single season.

“We would like to thank Randy and his team for racing here again this year,” said Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand. “He’s had another successful year, and we appreciate his participation in our Quarter Horse racing program.”

Smith was joined for the winner's circle presentation by his wife, Debbie, his youngest daughter, Chelsie Waier, and his three granddaughters. Representing Indiana Grand was Schuster and director of racing Kevin Greely and racing broadcast production manager Rachel McLaughlin. 

“It feels good to win this award,” said Smith. “We started off slow but it picked up. You have to look behind any success to find what makes that happen, and you have to have good help. I also appreciate all the owners for our stable. You also have to have good owners to be successful.”

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