Richard O'Connell (racehorse trainer)

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Richard O'Connell
Occupation Trainer
Born (1949-12-14)December 14, 1949
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died February 28, 2004(2004-02-28) (aged 54)
Major racing wins
Cliff Hanger Handicap (1988)
Selima Stakes (1988)
Poker Stakes (1988)
Athenia Handicap (1989)
Canterbury Oaks (1989)
Nijana Handicap (1989)
Aqueduct Handicap (1990)
Matchmaker Stakes (1990)
New York Handicap (1990)
Jim Dandy Stakes (1992)
Travers Stakes (1992)
Saratoga Cup (1994)
Jaipur Handicap (1996)
Racing awards
NYTB Trainer of the Year (1988, 1989, 1990)
Significant horses
Capades, Thunder Rumble

Richard O'Connell (December 14, 1949 – February 28, 2004) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer who was voted Trainer of the Year three times by New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB).[1]

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Richard O'Connell most notably trained the filly Capades plus the colt Thunder Rumble who in 1992 became the first New York-bred horse in one hundred and twenty-five years to win the prestigious Travers Stakes and for whom the New York Stallion Series Thunder Rumble Stakes is named.[2]

Following a lengthy illness, Richard O'Connell died at age 54 on February 28, 2004.[3]