Jack Van Berg
Nebraska United States

Currently Residing:
Nebraska USA

His father, Marion Van Berg, was a Hall of Fame trainer.

Jack Van Berg is a popular thoroughbr ed Hall of Fame horse trainer in the North American horse racing circuit. It was easier for him to get involve in horseracin g, as his father, Marion Van Berg, was a Hall of Fame trainer. Jack Van Berg was the leading trainer at Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska between 1959 and 1977. He confirmed a record for the most wins in a year and was also the US Champion Trainer by earnings. He was voted the 1984 Eclipse Award for Outstandin g Trainer and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1985. Jack became the first trainer to win five thousands races on July 15, 1987. He trained a line of famous horses including the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the 1988 Breedersâ Cup Classic winner Alysheba.

Major Racing Wins: Apple Blossom Handicap (1976), Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1976), Secretariat Stakes (1976), Santa Anita Oaks (1981), Rebel Stakes (1982), Oaklawn Handicap (1983), Super Derby (1984, 1987), Cornhusker Handicap (1985), Fantasy Stakes (1985), Maryland Million Classic (1986), Hollywood Derby (1986), Strub Stakes (1988), Woodward Stakes (1988), Meadowlands Cup (1988), Philip H. Iselin Handicap (1988), Santa Anita Handicap (1988) and La Brea Stakes (1993). American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins: Kentucky Derby (1987), Preakness Stakes (1984, 1987), Breeders' Cup Classic (1988). Racing Awards: U.S. Champion Trainer by earnings (1976), U.S. Champion Trainer by wins (9 times), Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer (1984), Big Sport of Turfdom Award (1987). Honours: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1985). Significant Horses: Gate Dancer, Alysheba.