Victoria Oliver
Trainer Bios

Vicki Oliver

Born: February 29, 2016 in St. Louis, Mo.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 34

Stakes Wins: 0

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2014 Del Mar Oaks with Personal Diary

First Stakes Win: 2001 Monmouth Beach Stakes with Wittenberg

First Graded Stakes Win: 2010 Gardenia (G3) at Ellis Park with Direct Line

First Career Win: August 28, 1998, at Monmouth with Love Line

At Keeneland


Won first race during the 2000 Fall Meet.

Career


North American career earnings exceed $10.4 million with 231 wins through January 29, 2018.

2017 earnings were $825,237 with 18 wins.

2016 earnings were $955,477 with 15 wins, including the Yellow Ribbon (G2) with She's Not Here.

2015 earnings were a career-best $1,348,369 with 20 wins, including the Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill with Frivolous and the Yellow Ribbon (G2) at Del Mar with She’s Not Here.

Won two stakes on Aug. 16, 2014: Hatoof at Arlington with Annulment and the Del Mar Oaks with Personal Diary.

Background


Vicki, who is based at Keeneland most of the year, is the daughter of successful breeder and owner G. Watts Humphrey, a member of The Jockey Club who is on Keeneland’s board of directors. She grew up at her parents’ Shawnee Farm near Harrodsburg, Ky., about 30 miles southwest of Keeneland.

She rode show horses in her youth before she started working at the race rack.

“I’d always been around Thoroughbreds, but I had more of an interest in showing horses,” she told Linda Dougherty of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred in 2003. “I worked for a veterinarian and a blacksmith, then worked in the Gulfstream Park racing office and in the Monmouth Park publicity office. All that knowledge and experience, I feel, has really helped me become a better trainer.”

Vicki also broke young horses for Bill Harrigan and was an exercise rider and assistant to former trainer Elliott Walden. She met her future husband, trainer Phil Oliver, when he was an assistant to Walden. They married on her parents’ farm.

Vicki, who gallops many of her own horses, is usually well acquainted with the runners in her care. Such was the case with Frivolous, who also won the 2014 Falls City (G2). Vicki galloped Frivolous and also trained and exercised her dam, Sixty Rocketts.