Biography: Ronald Glorioso has been a fixture in Pennsylvania racing since the early 1970s, when he was stabled at Liberty Bell Park, and was the very first trainer on the grounds at Keystone Race Track (now Parx Racing). For ten days after arriving at Keystone, he worked alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith to create television commercials promoting the new racetrack.
Glorioso has been a part of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s Board of Directors since 2007 and was especially important in pushing the pension fund to become retroactive, so that horsemen who have been in the industry for years would be covered fairly. However, he does say that many of his colleagues don’t ever plan on retiring, noting, “What’s interesting about this game is that it’s always about finding a better horse. That’s because you are always looking ahead for that good horse, so your mind is always functional. You’ve always got something to look forward to.”
A multiple stakes-winning trainer with career purse earnings of nearly $10 million, Glorioso conditioned Grade 3 winner Fling, and one of his favorite horses was Lady On Ice, who won the 1986 Tuscarora Handicap right here at Philadelphia Park.