John G. Canty

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John Canty
Occupation Trainer
Born January 30, 1917
Died January 7, 1992
Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA, USA
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins
Bing Crosby Handicap (1962)
Del Mar Handicap (1962)
Ramona Handicap (1965, 1971, 1972)
Junior Miss Stakes (1967)
Las Flores Handicap (1968)
Palomar Handicap (1969, 1971)
Honeymoon Stakes (1970)
Oceanside Handicap (1970)
Lakes And Flowers Handicap (1970)
California Breeders' Champion Stakes (1971)
California Derby (1971)
Del Mar Futurity (1971)
Haggin Stakes (1971)
Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (1971)
Milady Handicap (1971)
San Felipe Handicap (1971)
Santa Catalina Stakes (1971)
Autumn Days Handicap (1972)
Charles H. Strub Stakes (1972, 1973)
San Antonio Handicap (1972)
San Luis Rey Handicap (1972)
Santa Ana Handicap (1972)
San Diego Handicap (1977)
Santa Anita Oaks (1979)
Significant horses
Unconscious, Street Dancer, Royal Owl

John G. Canty (January 30, 1917 - January 7, 1992) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer.

A native of Ireland, he came from a dynasty of Curragh racehorse trainers, including his father James (Jimmy) Canty,[1] his maternal grandfather Philip (Philly) Behan and a greatgrandfather Dan Broderick of Mountjoy Lodge.[2] Other trainers in the extended family included his brother Phil Canty, their uncle Joe Canty (also for many decades Ireland's most successful jockey by lifetime wins) and Joe's son Joseph M. Canty.

Originally a jockey, John served his apprenticeship with R. C. Dawson in England[3] and later rode for his father's Curragh stable.

He emigrated to the United States in 1953 and settled in California. After working in the horse racing industry, in 1959 he became a professional trainer.[4] During his thirty-three year career, John Canty's best known horse was Unconscious, a colt owned by Arthur A. Seeligson, Jr. Unconscious notably won the San Felipe Handicap, San Antonio Handicap, California Derby, Santa Catalina Stakes, and the Charles H. Strub Stakes and was the betting favorite in the 1971 Kentucky Derby in which he ran fifth.[5]

John Canty was a partner with Castlebrook Farm in the horse Nor II who he conditioned to win the 1972 San Luis Rey Handicap.

A resident of Arcadia, California, John Canty died of pneumonia at age seventy-four at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.[6]


  1. ^ Ruanbeg rescued Archived 2012-10-30 at the Wayback Machine., Kildare Nationalist, September 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Williams, Guy St. John; Hyland, Francis Paul M. (1980). The Irish Derby 1866-1979. London: J. A. Allen & Co. Ltd. p. 28. ISBN 085131 358 2. 
  3. ^ Irish Times, April 3, 1933, p.10.
  4. ^ "Trainer John Canty Dies of Pneumonia at 72" [sic], Los Angeles Times, January 8, 1992.
  5. ^ Kentucky Derby 97 history and chart Archived 2013-06-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Mr. John Canty Horse trainer", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 9, 1992, p.E/4.