Biography

Antonio Sano

Learn about the history of thoroughbred racing coach, the most winning character in the history of Venezuelan horse racing, now with a successful campaign in the United States.
Triumphs in Venezuela
STATISTICS IN VENEZUELA
WINS IN USA
STATISTICS IN THE USA

His story...

Son of Salvatore Sano and Doña María Fórmica de Sano was born on January 4, 1963 and takes horse riding even in the marrow, he shared those deep-rooted feelings towards the activity, which continues since his grandfather Antonio Fórmica and his father were tireless workers of the so-called romantic stage of equestrianism. Antonio Sano, the aptly named “Valencian horse riding tsar”,Slender bearing and with an unobjectionable Italian ancestry, reflected in his physical characteristics, he put aside his studies in Electronic Engineering at the Simón Bolívar University(being about to graduate) because since he was little he knew well what he wanted: to train racehorses.
He graduated from the class of 1988, he started in this capital of Carabobo with 2 copies: The Orchila y Oswa. El debut de “Tony” It was on Thursday, May 12, 1988. There he presented the copy Oswa, ridden by José Francisco Delgado, in 1700 meters. This specimen was lost with Bombardiere.His first victory was withLa Orchila, ridden by Jose Réquez, a Friday, May 27, 1988. That season, Antonio started with those two troops in his stable, but he quickly filled up with horses and quickly added 29 lauros, to finish third in the Statistics and be awarded the merit of Revelation Coach.
His first statistic was in 1989 when he capitalized 101 wins(first time that a coach exceeded 100 photos at the National Racecourse of Valencia). He also recorded his first win in theLa Rinconada Racecoursewith the horse ElTacal. From 1990 he fought to the arm’s length with his colleague and fellow promotion Juan Carlos Ávila, both exceeded 100 countable, but Sano arrived second that year with 106 and in 1991, he also seconded with 125. In that year he achieved his first classic, theAsoprica, with the horse Harpagón. His first statistic was in 1989 when he capitalized 101 wins(first time that a coach exceeded 100 photos at the National Racecourse of Valencia).He also recorded his first victory at the La Rinconada Racetrack with the horse The  Tacal. From 1990 he fought to the arm’s length with his colleague and fellow promotion Juan Carlos Ávila, both exceeded 100 countable, but Sano arrived second that year with 106 and in 1991, he also seconded with 125. In that year he achieved his first classic, the Asoprica, with the horseHarpagon It also has some curiosities with the victory in the first 1000-meter race in Valencia. It happened on Friday, September 5, 1997, when his pensioner Sunfire with Damián Quintero prevailed against Voltaire, guided by Rafael Torrealba. He also appears as the winner of the only race that was set at 1400 meters that, due to lighting failures, passed at 1300 meters. It was the eighth in the order of the racing program for Friday, September 13, 1996, with the Surprising specimen, with Chiquito Castor on the back..
The victory 2500 He obtained it on Thursday, May 27, 2004 with the mareMiss  Sakichima and on the night of Thursday, February 15, 2007, he became the first Venezuelan to add 3000 victories in the history of national horse racing, after winning with the mare Pica  Pica. In an interview “ Tony ” commented “ I felt a lot of emotion when my pupil crossed the disc in profit, especially since the rider rode it  Emisael Jaramillo, who always told me that he wanted to be part of the feat. I am very satisfied with my profession “. On February 1, 2008 with Bragado his triumph number surpassed 3152 was scored in order to surpass Don Millard Ziadie and become the Top Winning Trainer of races in Venezuela. In an interview, “ Tony ” commented: “ I am happy to have broken the mark of whom I feel great respect and deep admiration:  Millard Faris Ziadie ; however, all the records are there to be broken one day and this is a very beautiful memory that I leave with my family. This is a feat that I dedicate mainly to my wife and children. Also to my dad who was with me in the paddock of winners. The goal that remains now is to continue winning races and may God give me health to repeat these happy moments “.
The victory 2500 was obtained on Thursday, May 27, 2004 with the mare Miss Sakichima and on Thursday, February 15, In the evening of 2007, he became the first Venezuelan to add 3,000 victories in the history of national horse racing, after winning with the mare Pica Pica . In an interview “ Tony ” commented “ I felt a lot of emotion when my pupil crossed the disc in profit, especially since it was ridden by the rider Emisael Jaramillo, who always told me that he wanted to be part of the feat. I am very satisfied with my profession “. On February 1, 2008 with Bragado he scored his triumph number exceeding 3152 in order to surpass Don Millard Ziadie and become the Top Winning Coach of races in Venezuela. In an interview, “ Tony ” commented: “ I am happy to have beaten the mark of whom I feel great respect and deep admiration: Millard Faris Ziadie ; however, all the records are there to be broken one day and this is a very beautiful memory that I leave with my family. This is a feat that I dedicate mainly to my wife and children. Also to my dad who was with me in the paddock of winners. The goal that remains now is to continue winning races and may God give me health to repeat these happy moments “.
But Antonio Sano , at the end of 2009, after winning his Statistic 19 ( 18 in a row ) made the decision to emigrate to North America with his family for security reasons, after suffering two kidnappings in his city of residence, Valencia; the last of them ( this year ) kept him in captivity for more than a month. They were 20 consecutive seasons winning 100 or more races, 3 of those seasons exceeded 200. He totaled 3338 races won in Venezuela. His colleague Rodolfo García extended his hand when he arrived empty-handed in Miami and on April 3, 2010 he achieved his first victory in the United States, winning the third Gulfstream Park race with Scorbit, who defended the colors of Oscar Martínez. Jr. His first selective was on November 13 at Calder Race Course when he took honors in the Joe O’Farrel Juvenile Fillies Stakes with the Devilish Lady filly, under the saddle of fellow native Daniel Enrique Centeno and for Stud Cairoli. With the same mare she achieved her first grade classic in the USA, the Azalea Stakes. By the way Devilish Lady acquired it in a claim of US $ 16,000. That year he achieved 37 victories. And on October 1, 2011 Antonio Sano woke up as the second Venezuelan to conquer a statistic in Florida, United States, with 46 wins and earnings of US $ 813,380 for the owners. The first was Carlos Morales in 1997 in the Tropical Park campaign. Not in accordance with that, on December 3 he was once again proclaimed champion of the season corresponding to Tropical Park (which took place at the Calder racetrack) where he achieved 18 victories.
On July 13, 2013 he achieved his 200 victory in North America with the filly My Five Queens and on November 1 he made his first appearance in the Bon Accord, appearing meritoriously in fourth place, in addition to winning the Gallant Bob Stakes Gr. 3 with City Of Weston On April 19, 2014, he scored the Miami Mile Handicap Gr.3 Grand Tito and that year he captured his third statistic, this time at Gulfstream Park West, with 22 wins. Not compliant, in 2015 he repeated the statistic at Gulfstream Park. In 2016 he triumphed with Gunnevera in the Saratoga Special Stakes (Gr. 2) and the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (Gr. 3), and he has also excelled scoring the statistics in the two rallies at Gulfstream Park, ending the year receiving another trophy of champion, at the Gulfstream Park West rally. Success did not abandon him in 2017 where he joined the Sunshine Millions Classic with Hy Riverside and the Fountain of Youth (Gr.2) with Gunnevera. On April 16 he achieved his 500th win in North America with Gio Patricia at Gulfstream Park. Married to María Cristina Botte, the woman in his life, he has been very understanding and very supportive. For “Tony” horses are the noblest thing that exists and his love is shared equally among his horses: from the colt to the mature horse, from the loser to the champion. He has always considered that success is a product of “working and working.” “The basis of this profession is work and seriousness” commented Antonio Sano, Champion in Venezuela and North America.

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