|Born||January 27, 1943
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Major racing wins|
Hollywood Derby (1994)
International race wins:
|Awesome Again, Dramatic Gold
Alphabet Soup, Touch Gold, Adoration
David E. Hofmans (born January 27, 1943, in Los Angeles, California) is an American trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses. Born and raised in Los Angeles, as a boy his father brought him to watch horse racing at area tracks. While a student at Pasadena City College he became friends with Gary Jones. The son of a horse trainer and future trainer himself, Jones spurred Hofmans' interest in horses and he would begin learning the business as a groom and hot walker for Jones' father.
As a professional trainer, Hofmans earned his first win in 1974 at Santa Anita Racetrack. After success on California race tracks, in 1996 he gained national attention as the trainer of Alphabet Soup who defeated the great Cigar in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Training for prominent horseman and Magna Entertainment Corp. Chairman, Frank Stronach, in 1997 Hofmans won Canada's most presigious race, the Queen's Plate, with Awesome Again and won the Belmont Stakes that saw his colt Touch Gold end Silver Charm's bid for the U.S.Triple Crown. Hofmans won his second Breeders' Cup race in 2003 when Adoration captured the Breeders' Cup Distaff and his third with Desert Code's victory in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
In 2006, David Hofmans was nominated for induction in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.