Portrait of a legendary horse trainer: Bob Lounsbury

By TED WADDELL
Posted 3/3/21

MONTICELLO, NY — Robert “Bob” Lounsbury bought a $2 ticket at the Monticello Raceway—“the Mighty M”—as a teenager back in 1968.

As Lady Luck was riding on …

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Portrait of a legendary horse trainer: Bob Lounsbury

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MONTICELLO, NY — Robert “Bob” Lounsbury bought a $2 ticket at the Monticello Raceway—“the Mighty M”—as a teenager back in 1968.

As Lady Luck was riding on his horse, he pocketed $72 when his harness horse took first place in that race of 53-some years ago.

Lounsbury got bitten by the harness racing bug, and over the following decades, the former United States Marine (never, ever say ex-Marine) has maintained two full-time jobs: a local land-surveying business and working as a leading conditioner at Monticello Raceway for several years.

As of the Spring of 2016, Lounsbury had 183 winners, at the time, close to 60 more than his nearest rival as a trainer.

In 2018, he received the local raceway’s Leading Trainer of the Year award, an honor he previously picked up three years running (2013-2015), a time during which he was the percentage-leading trainer in North America with more than 500 starts.

For an in-depth interview with Bob Lounsbury, see next week’s edition of the River Reporter.

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