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Hal Wiggins joins Legacy Bloodstock
HAL Wiggins, the recently-retired former trainer of Rachel Alexandra, has joined Kentucky-based Legacy Bloodstock, and will assist in client relations and owner recruiting.
Mark Toothaker, partner in Legacy Bloodstock, said: "We are thrilled to have such a respected horseman of his experience joining our team to help us increase our servicesto our clients.
"With Hal's help, we will be creating an innovative selling process that extends beyond the sales grounds to encompass the whole Thoroughbred community."
Tommy Eastham, also a partner in Legacy, added: "We are always looking to add value to our services and increase our relationships in this business, and when the opportunity with Hal surfaced it just seemed like the perfect fit.
"His experience, personality, and relationship base would be an asset to any business. We feel very fortunate to have him on board."
Wiggins trained horses for 34 years before retiring last Autumn. The Texan saddled more than 840 winners and over 15 stakes winners, most notably Rachel Alexandra, who won four graded stakes races under his care including her 20 1/4-length Kentucky Oaks demolition.
Last November Wiggins was honoured with the 2009 Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award.He said:
"Tommy and Mark are both great guys that I have a lot of respect for. I've trained racehorses for over 30 years and I'm looking forward to starting this new venture. It is both an honor and a privilege to be involved with Legacy."