Al Stall Jr.
Born: October 10, 1961 in New Orleans, La.
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 67
Stakes Wins: 3
First Grade 1 Win: 1998 Early Times Turf Classic at Churchill Downs with Joyeux Danseur
First Stakes Win: 1991 Fair Grounds Sales Futurity with Irish Gray
First Graded Stakes Win: 1996 Razorback (G2) at Oaklawn Park with Juliannus
First Career Win: Aug. 15, 1991, at Arlington Park with Scottish Fantasy
Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass
Won first Keeneland race during the 1991 Fall Meet.
First Keeneland stakes win was the 2009 Fayette (G2) with Keeneland-based Blame.
Also won the 2010 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with J. B.’s Thunder and the 2011 Bourbon (G3) with Animal Spirits.
Breeders’ Cup win: 2010 Classic with Blame, who earned the Eclipse Award as champion older male. That year, Blame also won the Grade 1 Stephen Foster and Whitney.
North American career earnings exceed $55 million with 1,533 wins through January 29, 2018.
2017 earnings were $2,947,422 with 82 wins.
2016 earnings were $3,023,301 with 59 wins, including the Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill with Paid Up Subscriber and the Texas Mile (G3) at Lone Star with Great Minds.
2015 earnings were $2,167,583 with 52 wins, including the Firecracker (G2) at Churchill with Departing.
In 2014, won 57 races and earned $2,773,323. Wins included Central Banker’s victory in the Churchill Downs (G2).
Won 19 stakes races with Louisiana-bred Star Guitar from 2007 through February 2012. The four-time Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year earned more than $1.7 million while making all but two of his 30 career starts in Louisiana and is a member of the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame.
Won 1,000th race of his career on May 23, 2010, at Arlington Park with Toll in the second race.
Won Super Derby (G2) – 2008 with My Pal Charlie and 2010 with Apart.
Two-time leading trainer at Fair Grounds (1997-1998 and 1998-1999, in a tie)
His father, Al Stall Sr., was chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission for 18 years and is a member of the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame.
The Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds is named for his grandfather, Albert H. Stall, and business partner Roger Wilson.
Known as “Little Al,” the trainer is the son and grandson of Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Among the horses they owned were Lady Vi-E, who won the 1970 Kentucky Oaks, and Combat Ready, winner of the 1973 New Orleans Handicap.
During high school vacations, Al worked for trainer Frankie Brothers, who then ran Jack Van Berg’s Fair Grounds string. While working on a bachelor’s degree in geology at Louisiana State University, he worked part-time for Pel-Tex, an oil exploration company, and he worked for Brothers at Louisiana Downs. Al joined the oil company full time after he graduated from LSU. When the company was sold, he said, “It was either go to the race track or go to graduate school, and I wasn’t doing that.”
By 1980, Brothers had gone out on his own, and Al served as his assistant for about five years. In 1991, he decided to start his own training career, with one horse at Arlington Park.