Top 5 of the Best Horse Trainers in 2021

In order to become one of the best in the history of horse racing, horses need to be bred and conditioned for winning. But aside from their breed and well-being, external factors also affect their racing performance. This includes their jockey, and most especially, their trainers. Without a good trainer, a horse can only do so much.

Those who plan to join and dominate horse races need a trainer who can bring out the best in their horses. In the world of horse racing, many of these trainers have cemented their excellence in helping horses develop to their truest potential. These trainers are considered by fans and experts the best of the best in the industry.

Whether you’re planning to place a wager on Horse Racing betting at William Hill or any other bookies, it’s essential to get to know the trainer who will coach your chosen horse. That said, here are the top five trainers to look out for this 2021.

Steve Asmussen

Steven Mark Asmussen is undoubtedly one of the best racehorse trainers in 2021, rightfully claiming the top of this list. He has more than 9,000 wins in his entire career in North America alone and has a net worth of $4 million as of this year.  In 2008, Asmussen won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer, receiving it again in 2009.

Asmussen’s first race as a trainer in 1986 led to victory, and the year after that, he won his first stakes race at Bessemer Stakes with Scout Command. Not only that, but Asmussen also trained three horses who won the Triple Crown races (2007 and 2008) individually. His best horses include the champions Curlin, Kodiak Kowboy, Untapable, My Miss Aurelia, Rachel Alexandra, and the Pegasus World Cup and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Gun Runner.

Brad Cox

Sitting in second place is none other than Louisville-born and raised Brad Cox. His career started after he underwent training from Jimmy Baker and Burk Kessinger. After that, he worked as an assistant to Dallas Stewart, who is considered as a prominent fixture in both the New York and Kentucky, Louisiana, racing circuits.

During 2005, Cox decided to start his solo career. He trained the multiple graded stakes Call Pat and Chocolate Ride. Cox also coached Carve, Almasty, and Spelling Again- horses that are considered top-tier runners by experts and fans. During the 2020 Breeders’ Cup, Cox won his first Eclipse Award as Outstanding Trainer, with 30 graded stakes wins and total earnings of $18,983,832.

Todd Pletcher

No horse racing enthusiast hasn’t heard of the world-renowned trainer Todd Pletcher. He has been set for success ever since he graduated from the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona and opened a stable of his own in 1995.

During his days as a student, Pletcher worked with trainers with prominent titles, such as D. Wayne Lukas, Henry Moreno, and Charlie Whittingham. He continued to work for Lukas after his graduation before finally becoming independent. In just a few years, Pletcher became one of North America’s best horse trainers.

With a net worth of $15 million, Pletcher still continues to be a respected trainer. During the Florida Derby, Known Agenda, a Pletcher-trained colt, took the lead and won the race. Their team is planning to head to the famous Kentucky Derby, and while Pletcher had only won the racing game twice, he’s gearing up to win the Run for the Roses this year.

Bob Baffert

With a net worth of $30 million, it’s no surprise to see Bob Baffert on this list. He is a well-known trainer whose horses have won various horse racing games, including six Kentucky Derbies, three Belmont Stakes, seven Preakness Stakes, and three Kentucky Oats. With his track record, it’s no wonder why he’s so sought out in the industry.

Baffert’s most notable wins are his 2015 and 2018 Triple Crown victories with horses American Pharoah and Justify, respectively.  He also won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer for three years, from 1997 to 1999. Moreover, he also received Monmouth’s Raines Award, which is only given to trainers who made an impact in New Jersey Racing.

Chad Brown

Chad C. Brown is a horse trainer known for his expertise in coaching turf horses as well as mares and fillies. Before he became a trainer, Brown went to Cornell University and took a course in veterinary, working for trainer Shug McGaughey every summer. He decided to pursue horse training and continued his work under McGaughey.

Brown is an accomplished trainer, even becoming a four-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainers with ten horses in his table who won Eclipse titles of their own. According to Brown, the secret to his success is the care and connection that he has with horses and their owners.

In the 2019 Breeder’s Cup Championships, he snatched his 13th win after Structor managed to dominate the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He has a total purse earnings of $31,112,144, surpassing Todd Pletcher in 2019.


For a horse to reach its full potential, it must learn from a good trainer. Hence, fans, experts, and most especially bettors must look at a horse’s trainer to gouge their chances of winning. The trainers mentioned above have solidified their places in the horse racing industry, and with the races still coming this 2021, these top trainers will undoubtedly do their best to win.

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