Ernie T. Poulos
|Born||February 18, 1926
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||March 30, 1997|
|Career wins||Not found|
|Major racing wins|
Lincoln Heritage Handicap (1977)
Breeders' Cup Classic (1991)
|RICF Governor's Award (2000)|
|Black Tie Affair|
Ernest T. Poulos (February 18, 1926 – March 30, 1997) was an American Thoroughbred horse trainer. A native of Chicago, he conditioned horses at local tracks beginning in 1952 but gained national attention when he took over the training of Black Tie Affair in 1989. Poulos guided the three-year-old colt through three highly successful years, capped off in 1991 with a win in the Breeders' Cup Classic and United States Horse of the Year honors.
Such was the admiration for Ernie Poulos in Chicago that when he died in 1997, his funeral was held at the Arlington Park race track. For his significant contribution to the Thoroughbred racing industry, in 2000 he was the posthumous recipient of the Governor's Award from the Racing Industry Charitable Foundation (RICF).
- Copy of December 5, 1997 Chicago Sun-Times article
- June 13, 2000 Thoroughbred Times.com article titled Poulos, state champs, to be honored in Illinois
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