Joe Petrucione

It all began in 1965 when Joe Petrucione started acquiring his basic skills by working for Hall of Fame Trainer, Harry Trotsek as a hotwalker. In 1967, Joe found himself grooming horses for Arnold Winick and worked his way up becoming the foreman, then assistant trainer and finally the Organization's Director, handling the entire Winick operation of 75 horses which included breeding responsibilities. The Winick operation won several training titles under Joe's direction in a few states including Illinois, New Jersey and South Florida.

From 1977 to 1979 Joe was on his own with a public stable where he developed a $20,000 purchase named  NOHOMLE STAR and a $17,000 purchase named BRIDEWELL into into a stakes winners.

From 1979 to 1982 Joe worked privately for selected clients as a consultant for claiming, buying, selling and breeding horses and as an independent clocker. The next seven years were spent with the James Iselin Organization where he was given the responsibilities of training, developing and syndicating young horses. During this period, he developed CRAFTY PROSPECTOR, who was syndicated for $2,500.000 in 1983 and further worked to develop the book of mares for CRAFTY PROSPECTOR consulting on at least half of the matings during his first three years at stud.  In 1986, he personally was the breeder of stakes winner CRAFTY GUS and in 1987 CRAFTY PROSPECTOR was the leading Freshman Sire in North America. Joe also trained and developed major stakes winner ROYAL ROBERTO to win the Laurel Turf Cup and the Everglades Stakes and later ROYAL ROBERTO was sold for $2,200,000. He also purchase CASTLE ROYAL for $20,000 in 1982 and developed her into a multiple stakes winner as four and five year old.

Commencing in 1989, Joe formed an alliance with Anthony Margotta and the list of his accomplishments were enhanced still further. In 1990, he bred NOBLE DREAM MAKER, a $300 broodmare purchase to DOUBLE SONIC, a horse standing for a stud fee of $1,000. The resulting foal was named SHOOP, a stakes winner of nearly $750,000. In 1992, he purchase a filly by AMERICAN STANDARD who was later named STANDARD EQUIPMENT. She finished second in the Grade One Spinaway and Grade One Frizette Stakes and was the fifth highweighted filly on the Experimental Handicap. In 1992, he bought a yearling colt by CORMORANT later named COPPER MOUNT. He won the Albany Handicap at Saratoga and won the New York Derby in track record time. In 1993, he purchased an unraced son of PLEASANT COLONY for $10,000 who was later named SILVER FOX. During a two year campaign, SILVER FOX won nearly $300,000 and won the Styvesant Handicap and was placed in the Grade One Whitney. In 1993 he purchased TURKPASSER for $100,000. A winner of only two races at the time of purchase, TURKPASSER accounted for the Grade Two Bowling Green Handicap and the Hialeah Turf Cup in addition to numerous overnight races and later won the Grade One Turf Classic. In 1991, the partnership of Petrucione and Margotta acquired BRUNSWICK for $125,000. BRUNSWICK won the 1993 Grade One WHITNEY running the fastest time in twenty years. BRUNSWICK won nearly $500,000 and was sold privately and then syndicated for approximately $1,000,000. In 1994 Margotta and Petrucione purchased for $125,000, CHELSEY FLOWER, a two year old stakes winner who at that time was running very poorly. She won five races and was resold for over $250,000 and later she became a Grade One stakes winner. In 1997, Margotta and Petrucione purchased FOREIGN INTRIQUE for $23,000 at the Belmont Park Horses of Racing Age Sale while the colt was a three year old. After developing this unraced colt and campaigning him to many victories over the course of 18 months, he was then sold for $500,000.

Joe has continued his activities working once again for a few private clients. He selected CATIENUS for a claim for $50,000.  This stakes winning son of Storm Cat is now at stud after earning distinction on the racetrack by running second twice in the Grade Two Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap and the Suburban Handicap and placing third in the Grade One Whitney Handicap.

Joe has strong personal contacts developed thorough his nearly four decades of active involvement in the thoroughbred business.  Joe is also appearing as regular on the 2003 Saratoga OTB show, evaluating horses for the viewers.  His opinions on the competitive condition and fitness of the horses competing at Saratoga is obtained through his morning clocking activities and his afternoon racetrack inspections of over two thousand horses on the grounds at the historic racetrack.