Harry Trotsek

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Harry Trotsek
OccupationTrainer / Owner
BornApril 18, 1912
Cicero, Illinois,
United States
DiedFebruary 5, 1997
Coral Gables, Florida,
United States
Career wins1,690
Major racing wins
Lane's End Breeders' Futurity
(1949, 1953)
Buckeye Handicap (1950, 1951)
Hanshin Cup (1950, 1953, 1955)
Stars and Stripes Turf Handicap
(1950, 1962, 1972, 1974, 1976)
Washington Park Handicap
(1950, 1974, 1975)
Arlington Lassie Stakes (1951, 1953)
Butler Handicap (1951)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1951)
Clark Handicap (1952)
Ben Ali Stakes
(1952, 1953, 1954, 1955)
Arlington Handicap
(1953, 1954, 1955)
Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (1953)
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (1953)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1953)
Modesty Handicap
(1953, 1956, 1958)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1954)
Derby Trial (1954)
Orchid Handicap (1954)
Phoenix Handicap
(1954, 1955, 1956, 1967)
Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap
(1955, 1962, 1964)
Suwannee River Handicap (1955)
Widener Handicap (1955)
Illinois Breeders Stakes (1959)
Grey Stakes (1960)
Jockey Club Cup Handicap (1960)
Alcibiades Stakes (1965)
Garden State Park Gardenia Stakes (1965)
Matron Stakes (1965)
Selima Stakes (1965)
Spinaway Stakes (1965)
Test Stakes (1966)
Arkansas Derby (1967)
Lafayette Stakes (1968)
Bahamas Stakes (1974)
Hibiscus Stakes (1976)
Stepping Stone Purse (1978)

International race wins:
Washington, D.C. International Stakes (1957)
Canadian International Stakes (1958, 1959)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1954)
Racing awards
United States Champion Thoroughbred Trainer by earnings (1953)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1984)
Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame
Significant horses
Hasty Road, Jack Ketch, Mahan, Moccasin, Oil Capitol, Queen Hopeful, Stan

Harry E. Trotsek (April 18, 1912 – February 5, 1997) was an American Hall of Fame trainer and owner of Thoroughbred racehorses. He trained 96 stakes race winners including Champions Hasty Road, Moccasin, Oil Capitol, and Stan, and led all North American trainers in purse winnings in 1953.[1]

Trotsek was widely respected for his development of young jockeys including such riders as Johnny Sellers, Kenny Church and John Rotz.[2]


After fifty-seven years as a trainer, Harry Trotsek retired in 1988. He and his wife Cora Mae Hill Trotsek were living in Coral Gables, Florida at the time of his death in 1997.[3]


Known as a very patient trainer who got the most out of horses under his care, Harry Trotsek is noted for an interview in which he said that "Good horses, overcome all sorts of things—including their trainers."[4]