Ignacio Correas IV
Born: November 14, 1959 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 11
Stakes Wins: 2
First Grade 1 Win: 2018 Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland with Blue Prize (ARG)
First Stakes Win: 2011 Count Fleet at Aqueduct with Monzon
First Graded Stakes Win: 2011 Matron Stakes (G2) at Belmont with Millionreasonswhy
First Career Win: (North America) Sept. 3, 2003, at Turfway Park with Prince de Reve (ARG)
Won the 2018-2019 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) with Blue Prize (ARG). After her win in 2019, Blue Prize captured the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1).
First win at Keeneland was April 17, 2016, with Kasaqui (ARG).
Breeders' Cup win: 2019 Distaff with Blue Prize (ARG)
North American career earnings exceed $10 million with 187 wins through Dec. 9, 2020.
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Ignacio Correas IV comes from an Argentinian family who has bred racehorses since 1872. The first Don Ignacio Correas traveled to England in 1906 and came home with Epsom Derby winner Diamond Jubilee, who became a foundation stallion in Argentina and solidified the Correas name in Argentine racing.
With aspirations to become a jockey, Ignacio briefly attended jockey school at age 14 before growing too tall for the sport. He left university after a year to work as an assistant manager for a Thoroughbred farm in Brazil, Haras Santa Maria de Araras. After traveling to Europe to learn more about the business, he decided he preferred training to farm management and started working as a groom for the family’s trainer, Jose Irzusda, in 1979. By December 1984, he was out on his own as an Argentine trainer. With more than 100 horses in his stable, he trained such standouts as Festin (ARG), who became a Grade 1 winner in North America.
Though he was a successful trainer in Argentina, Ignacio came to the U.S. in 2002 due to economic downfall in his home country. His first job in New York was as an assistant to trainer Billy Badgett, then he moved to Virginia with his family to work on a farm. He first came to Lexington in 2003, and raced one horse of his own between 2003 and 2004. As a freelance exercise rider, he galloped horses at Keeneland and took on a variety of odd jobs. Trainer Bill Currin hired Ignacio, who worked six years as his assistant in California. He later became the farm trainer for Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm of Maryland.
In 2015, Ignacio went back out on his own as a trainer. His top runners in the U.S. have been three horses bred in Argentina: Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) winner Blue Prize, Grade 2 winner Kasaqui and Grade 3 winner Dona Bruja.
Based at Keeneland for much of the year, Ignacio is assisted by his son Ben.