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John Shirreffs /Trainer

John Shirreffs is a Vietnam War veteran who has been training horses for nearly 40 years. He won the 2005 Kentucky Derby (G1) with Giacomo and is best known as the trainer of champion Zenyatta.

In 2009 Shirreffs won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic with Life is Sweet and the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Zenyatta.

Born in Kansas, John grew up splitting time in New York and New Hampshire. He spent time on his family’s farm before serving in the Marine Corps and eventually working as an assistant to Brian Mayberry and Bill Spawr.

John’s wife Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs is the longtime racing manager for Jerry and Anne Moss (owners of Zenyatta).

Hard Not To Love wins the La Brea Stakes (G1)


Grade I Stakes winners

  • After Market
  • Beyond Brilliant
  • Giacomo
  • Gormley
  • Hard Not To Love
  • Harmonious
  • Hollywood Story
  • Honor A.P.
  • Life is Sweet
  • Manistique
  • Nereid
  • Star Billing
  • Starrer
  • Tarlow
  • Tiago
  • Zenyatta

Graded Stakes winners

  • A.P. Warrior
  • Astronaut
  • Bertrando
  • Blingo
  • Borodislew
  • Carressa
  • Cliquot
  • David Copperfield
  • Express Train
  • Keri Belle
  • Madeo
  • Makeup Artist
  • Morning Line
  • Mr. Commons
  • Neko Bay
  • Paradise Woods
  • Performing Music
  • Private Chef
  • Proposed
  • Radu Cool
  • Red Flag
  • Rookie Sensation
  • Royal Mo
  • Stanley Park
  • Stanwyck
  • Swept Overboard
  • Utopian
  • Van Rouge
  • Zardana (Brz)