Biography: The all-time leading trainer at Philadelphia Park, Mark Reid is another horseman who credits his father for taking him to the races, and piquing his interest in the industry.
After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration, he began working for Dick Dutrow in Maryland. Reid purchased his first horse after borrowing $4,000 from the bank, and he eventually grew his stable to 120 horses.
In 1991, Reid was ranked fourth in the nation by number of wins, had won five training titles at Philadelphia Park, and had become a mentor to his brother, Parx trainer Butch Reid. Butch is all praises about his brother, “I followed in Mark’s footsteps from my college career through to working for the same trainers that he did. He is a tremendous horseman.”
Reid retired from the spotlight in 1993, deciding to spend more time with his family. “My wife and I were raising our three sons, and I decided I really wanted to watch my kids grow up, get through high school, and go on to college,” he said. “So I got out of the business for awhile, and by the time I was ready to start back up in the late ’90s, I realized that racing had lost its allure for me.”
After encouragement from trainer Ben Perkins, Sr., Reid decided to start buying and selling horses, including Medaglia d’Oro, Midas Eyes and 2005 Champion Older Male and Horse of the year, St. Liam.
In 2005, he purchased Walnut Green Bloodstock from Russell B. Jones and his brother and now breeds, raises and sells PA-breds. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Kennett Square, PA.
Graded Stakes Wins:
1992 – Vineland Handicap (G3) – Le Famo
1990 – True North Handicap (G2) – Mr. Nickerson
1990 – Bold Ruler Stakes (G3) – Mr. Nickerson
1990 – Roseben Handicap (G3) – Mr. Nickerson
1989 – Boojum Handicap (G2) – Mr. Nickerson