"I don't back up, I stack up."

My retirement from training started August 2019. My career turned to racing operations. This web site is now a historical archive.

In 2013 I started working privately for a client to help him cultivate a racehorse quality hay crop on his Illinois farm. This hay is a orchard grass/clover/alfalfa mix that I feed my horses when we're in Illinois. This hay is 100% organic and is an ideal mix for racehorses.

Congratulations to owner/breeder Tom and Bonnie Gerdes on the maiden win by Illinois bred filly SAINT INDEED at Hawthorne Race Course, April 20, 2012! Joining the Winner's Circle celebration with Saint Indeed and jockey Inez Karlsson was Hawthorne's Chairman Emeritus Tom Carey, Backstretch Stables partner Stu Holland, Inez's Mom, enthusiastic racing fan and horse owner Frank, Saint Indeed's owner Bonnie, Jere and his longtime stable foreman Nathan - click here for the results chart >>

Congratulations to owner/breeder Power Ten Farm on a commanding allowance win from off the pace by Illinois bred mare AT THE FINISH at Arlington Park, September 22, 2011! click here for the results chart >>

Congratulations to The John G. Hillebrand Family on the maiden victory by HAWK'S GIRL at Arlington Park, August 6, 2011. Arlington Park reported:


While Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing this Saturday remains the focus of the 2011 Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, other scenarios are playing out on the stage of life as we know it.

One of those occurred last Saturday when John Hillebrand's Hawk's Girl won the eighth race of the afternoon while ridden by Jermaine Bridgmohan.

Hillebrand, a longtime Illinois owner and breeder, was still in the hospital for Saturday's race after receiving a kidney transplant the previous Tuesday. The kidney donor was Hillebrand's daughter Angela Hillebrand Suwanski.

Angela Suwanski is the wife of jockey agent Jon Suwanski, who books the mounts of Hawk's Girl's winning rider Bridgmohan.

Jere Smith, Jr., son of Arlington's late third-leading all-time trainer J. R. Smith Sr., serves as the conditioner of Hawk's Girl, and John Hillebrand IV was on hand at Arlington for the winner's circle ceremonies on behalf of his father.

Congratulations to owners Michael and Shannan Meehan and Byington Stables LLC on a HUGE maiden win by IN ALL DIRECTIONS at Arlington Park, June 22, 2011 - at 76-1 odds! click here for the results chart >>

As of June 2015, IN ALL DIRECTIONS holds the record for the highest mutual payoff in Arlington Park's history!

We support Second Stride Inc. Kentucky 501 (c) (3) Not for profit organization for retired thoroughbred racehorses, and we encourage everyone to join us in supporting Second Stride. Please click here to visit the Second Stride web site and find out how you can help.

Jere trained the four thoroughbreds featured in the slide show below before he retired them from racing, and we are thrilled that they all found success in new careers.

Senor Sancho, show name "Medici", is one of Jere's most successful racetrack retirees! He started training for eventing in 2004, and eventually ended up with upper level rider Elissa Estes (Gibbs). In June 2011 the pair completed the Bromont CCI*** event to qualify for the Rolex Three Day Event, the only four star event in the Americas, to be held in April 2012 at the Kentucky Horse Park! Here's a video of "Medici" at a 2009 event >>

Retired thoroughbred racehorses often make excellent eventing prospects. Eventing is an Olympic sport that requires many years of training to reach that level, and most horses at that level are 10-15 years old. Aspiring Olympic level riders are extremely supportive of the racing industry's thoroughbred retirement programs as adopters of the "sound but slow" runners. To learn more about eventing, visit the web site of the United States Eventing Association at www.useventing.com.

Slideshow of some 2009 winners.

Julian Leparoux in our colors at Keeneland, April, 2010.

Jere and Dr. Fernando Garcia, Jr. at Keeneland, April, 2010.

Grazing at Keeneland, April, 2010.

"At The Finish", winner at Gulfstream Park, March, 2010.

Jere & Amy at a Fasig-Tipton Sales Company sponsored event, March, 2010.

"King Andrew" at Gulfstream Park, waiting to get the sand washed off his feet, January 2010. Watch a typical morning training at Gulfstream, featuring King Andrew, Jere, Billy, and the guy who announces the breaks >>

The barn aisle at Gulfstream Park, January 2010.

The ocean on a windy day at North Hollywood Beach, January 2010.

Jere in the Gulfstream Park paddock with "King Andrew" and handicappers, February 2010.

"At The Finish", owned by Power Ten Farm of Illinois, Gulfstream Park, December, 2009.

"Jalal", owned by Martha & Del Pettigrew of Nebraska, after training at Gulfstream Park with exercise rider Billy Lawson, December, 2009.

"Henderson", owned by E.J. McEvoy of Ireland, racing at Churchill Downs with jockey Calvin Borel, November, 2009. click for video >>

Jere and owners at Churchill Downs, November, 2009.

3 year old colt "King Andrew", owned by Joseph C. Sansone of Missouri, Keeneland, October 2009.

Keeneland, October 2009.

Jere at the stable, Churchill Downs Trackside, October 2009.

"Hachimaki" suffered a race career ending suspensory injury during a roughly run race on Keeneland's Polytrack. He is now starting a new job in eventing. This photo was taken February 2011. Good luck to Hachimaki in his new career!

3 year old colt "Hachimaki", October 2009.

2 year old filly "Jalal", October 2009.

Palomino colt "Regalo Del Oro", August 2009. photo by Ed Van Meter. Regalo Del Oro is featured in this article about unusual colored thoroughbreds that made the races, read it now >> Watch video of Regalo training at Churchill Downs, while a Walkathon started off in the infield >>

3 year old colt Henderson and jockey Fabio Arguello, Jr. decked out in pink on Horses and Hope Day at Ellis Park, August 15, 2009. (click photo for bigger version)

3 year old colt Izzy Ali, winner at Ellis Park, August 8, 2009. (click photo for bigger version)

3 year old filly Princess Buddha, winner at Ellis Park, August 7, 2009. (click photo for bigger version)

"Regalo Del Oro", owned by Moserwood Farm, July, 2009.

"Shilah" with jockey Fabio Arguello, July, 2009.

4 year old gelding "Shilah", winner at Churchill Downs, June 20, 2009.

Shilah, Robbie and Donnie

6 year old gelding "Final Copy", winner at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs' first night racing event was June 19, 2009. Jere WON the 8th race with Final Copy and Robby Albarado, sponsored by the Voice Tribune's Best Dressed of Louisville 2009! More about night racing at Churchill and Final Copy's win from the Daily Racing Form >>

"Final Copy" with Scotty and Jere at Trackside, Louisville.

Jockey Club registered 2 year old Palomino colt "Regalo Del Oro", pictured here on his first day at the racetrack, June 2009.

2 year old gelding by Quiet American, purchased at auction as a yearling by agent Kim Smith, broke to ride at Moserwood Farm near Louisville, then introduced to the racetrack by Jere before shipping to Malaysia to race for owner Albert Ow Kee Foo.



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