Biography: Guadalupe Preciado has been one of the top trainers on the Mid-Atlantic circuit for over a decade. Preciado began training horses in 1989 and has won over 1,700 races, with earnings of well over $36 million. One of his most successful years was in 2004 when he earned nearly $2.5 million, and finished 30th in the nation by number of wins.
Preciado credits long-time owner Jack Mondel for much of his success. He met Mondel when he was working for trainer Ron Benshoff, who introduced the two at a party. After becoming friends, Mondel, who raced under the name Hidden Lane Farm, began giving Preciado horses to train. The most successful was a son of Raised Socially named Mr. Nasty, who was a winner of the Gravesend Handicap and Tom Fool Stakes in the early ’90s.
In addition, Preciado trained Iron Punch to a three-length upset victory in the Philadelphia Park Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G3), over the popular NY-bred Say Florida Sandy.
Preciado is also a magician with the girls, having tremendous success with many fillies and mares. His top fillies include the multiple graded stakes winner Caught In The Rain, owned by Heiligbrodt Stables, Hidden Lane’s Debutante’s Dream, and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Amazed By Grace, who reeled off five wins before finishing third at Santa Anita in the G3 La Brea Stakes.
He and his wife, former trainer Wendy Mutnick, reside on a farm in eastern Pennsylvania with their children Robert, Amanda, Sara and Joe.
Graded Stakes Wins:
2003 – Athenia Handicap (G3) – Caught in the Rain
2002 – Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) – Caught in the Rain
2000 – Philadelphia Park Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G3) – Iron Punch
1997 – Forego Handicap (G2) – Score a Birdie
1996 – Red Bank Handicap (G3) – Joker
1995 – Discovery Handicap (G3) – Michael’s Star
1995 – Cherry Hill Mile Stakes (G3) – Sham Francisco
1991 – Tom Fool Stakes (G2) – Mr. Nasty
1990 – Demoiselle Stakes (G2) – Debutant’s Halo
1990 – Gravesend Handicap (G3) – Mr. Nasty