Biography: With Phil Aristone’s induction this year, he and his father Roland became the first father-son duo to enter the Parx Racing Hall of Fame. Aristone, who is the third all-time leading trainer and money-earner at Parx, started in 1975 as an assistant for Benny Perkins, Sr., and soon earned his trainer’s license in 1980. He entered the horse racing industry with the encouragement of his brother Menotti, who was a jockey.
Aristone has snapped up two Parx training titles while staying consistently within the top five trainers over the past 8-9 years, and now has his sights set on 1,500 career victories for his next personal goal. By far his proudest moment came when Speechifying, a filly he had purchased for $4,000, won the $250,000 My Juliet Stakes in 2007 for his father’s Indian Mills Stock Farm.
Aristone has three daughters and two grandchildren, and shares his passion for horses with his wife Sandy.