United States Champion Thoroughbred Trainer by wins

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There is recognition for the United States Champion Thoroughbred Trainer by wins but no formal award is given to the trainer in Thoroughbred flat racing whose horses won the most races in North American Thoroughbred racing.

Dale Baird holds the record for the most national titles with fifteen. Second is Hirsch Jacobs who won more races during a year than any other American trainer on eleven occasions. Tied for third all-time are Jack Van Berg and Steve Asmussen with nine. H. Guy Bedwell, trainer of Triple Crown winner Sir Barton, was a seven-time champion.

Champions since 1907: [1] [2]

2018 Karl Broberg 509
2017Karl Broberg412
2016Karl Broberg [3] 367
2015Karl Broberg420
2014Karl Broberg325
2013 Steven Asmussen [4] 307
2012 Jamie J. Ness 395
2011Steven Asmussen348
2010Steven Asmussen506
2009Steven Asmussen650
2008Steven Asmussen621
2007Steven Asmussen488
2006 Scott A. Lake [5] 528
2005Steven Asmussen473
2004Steven Asmussen555
2003Scott A. Lake455
2002Steven Asmussen407
2001Scott A. Lake407
2000Scott A. Lake337
1999 Dale Baird [6] 304
1998Dale Baird290
1997Dale Baird300
1996Dale Baird330
1995Dale Baird286
1994Mario Beneito247
1993Dale Baird269
1992Dale Baird256
1991Dale Baird296
1990 D. Wayne Lukas 267
1989D. Wayne Lukas305
1988D. Wayne Lukas318
1987D. Wayne Lukas343
1986 Jack Van Berg [7] 266
1985Dale Baird249
1984Jack Van Berg250
1983Jack Van Berg258
1982Dale Baird276
1981Dale Baird349
1980Dale Baird306
1979Dale Baird316
1978 King T. Leatherbury 304
1977King T. Leatherbury322
1976Jack Van Berg496
1975 Richard E. Dutrow Sr. 352
1974Jack Van Berg329
1973Dale Baird305
1972Jack Van Berg286
1971Dale Baird245
1970Jack Van Berg282
1969Jack Van Berg239
1968Jack Van Berg256
1967 Everett Hammond 200
1966 Lou Cavalaris Jr. 175
1965 Howard Jacobson 200
1964Howard Jacobson169
1963Howard Jacobson140
1962 W. Hal Bishop 162
1961 Vester R. Wright 178
1960 Frank H. Merrill Jr. 143
1959Vester R. Wright172
1958Frank H. Merrill Jr.171
1957Vester R. Wright192
1956Vester R. Wright177
1955Frank H. Merrill Jr.154
1954 Robert H. McDaniel [8] 206
1953Robert H. McDaniel211
1952Robert H. McDaniel168
1951Robert H. McDaniel164
1950Robert H. McDaniel156
1949 William Molter & W. Hal Bishop (Tie) [9] 129
1948William Molter184
1947William Molter155
1946William Molter122
1945 Stanley Lipiec 127
1944 Hirsch Jacobs [10] 117
1943Hirsch Jacobs128
1942Hirsch Jacobs133
1941Hirsch Jacobs123
1940David Womeldorff108
1939Hirsch Jacobs106
1938Hirsch Jacobs109
1937Hirsch Jacobs134
1936Hirsch Jacobs177
1935Hirsch Jacobs114
1934Hirsch Jacobs127
1933Hirsch Jacobs116
1932George Alexandra76
1931 John D. Mikel 72
1930 Charles Burton Irwin [11] 92
1929 Loyd Gentry Sr. 74
1928 John F. Schorr & John Reed (Tie)65
1927 Sam Hildreth 72
1926William Perkins82
1925John J. Duggan70
1924 James A. Parsons 93
1923Charles Burton Irwin147
1922 Henry E. McDaniel & James A. Parsons (tie)78
1921Sam Hildreth85
1920 Kay Spence & S. Abner Clopton (tie)74
1919Kay Spence96
1918Kay Spence58
1917 H. Guy Bedwell [12] 66
1916H. Guy Bedwell123
1915H. Guy Bedwell97
1914H. Guy Bedwell84
1913H. Guy Bedwell87
1912H. Guy Bedwell84
1911W. B. Carson72
1910Frank Ernest105
1909H. Guy Bedwell122
1908 A. Jack Joyner [13] 71
1907 James G. Rowe, Sr., James Blute, Frank Hanlon (tie) [14] 70

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