Tom Proctor
Trainer Bios

Tom Proctor

Born: April 21, 1956 in Gilmer, Texas

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 53

Stakes Wins: 5

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 1994 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs with One Dreamer

First Stakes Win: 1978 Graduation at Hollywood Park with I’m Smokin

First Graded Stakes Win: 1990 Sorority (G3) at Monmouth with Good Potential

First Career Win: July 16, 1978, at Hollywood Park with I’m Smokin

At Keeneland


During the 2017 Fall Meet sent out Big Bed to win the Sycamore (G3).

Won first Keeneland race during the 1988 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1988 Phoenix with Carload.

Won the 2007 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) with Purim. Other stakes wins were the 2008 Buffalo Trace Franklin County with Sly Storm and the 2011 Grey Goose Bewitch (G3) with Keertana.

His late father, Willard L. Proctor, was the leading trainer during the 1965 Spring and Fall meets. He won the 1964 Fayette with Swoonen; a division of the 1965 Ashland with Bright Bauble; and the 1965 Ben Ali and Phoenix with Gallant Romeo.

Career


Breeders' Cup win: 1994 Distaff with 47-1 longshot One Dreamer.

North American career earnings exceed $49 million with 1,289 wins through January 29, 2018.

2017 earnings of $3,309,475 for 67 wins, including the John C. Mabee (G2) with Cambodia and the Sycamore (G3) at Keeneland with Big Bend.

2016 earnings were $2,668,334 with 66 wins, including the Treasure Chest at Delta Downs with Savings Account.

2015 earnings were $4,225,518 with 75 wins, including the Hollywood Derby (G1) with Chiropractor and Mother Goose (G1) with Include Betty.

Recorded his best season in 2014 with 82 wins and earnings of $4,364,087. Highlights included a trio of Grade 2 wins: the Monrovia and Buena Vista, both with Pontchatrain, and the American Turf with Global View.

Posted career win No. 1,000 on Jan. 4, 2014, when he won the eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs with Avanzare.

Multiple Grade 2 stakes winner Pontchartrain races for Glen Hill Farm, for which Proctor trained One Dreamer and numerous stakes winners. Glen Hill was founded by Leonard Lavin and is now operated by Lavin’s grandson Craig Bernick.

In 2013, won 80 races and earned $4,168,545. Highlights included victories by Marketing Mix in the Gamely (G1) and Wishing Gate in the San Clemente (G2) and Grade 3 wins by Temeraine, Pontchatrain, Global View, Customer Base, Wishing Gate and Marketing Mix.

Background


Tom started his career in Thoroughbred racing as a groom for his father, noted trainer Willard Proctor. He began training in 1978.

As Keeneland prepared to celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2011 Fall Meet, Tom was asked about his memories of being at the track:

“What I really remember about Keeneland is my father being there, training for J. Graham Brown in the 60s,” he said. “In ‘65 in April, I don’t remember how many stakes he won there but he won quite a few there at Keeneland – one of them being Gallant Romeo winning the Phoenix Handicap. And then I won the Phoenix Handicap (23) years later (with Carload). If Dad’s win a stake and I win a stake, I put the pictures together. (That’s happened) a little more than you think.”

The elder Proctor died in 1998 at age 82.