Winbert F. “Bert” Mulholland was born Aug. 27, 1883 in Lexington, Ky. He began his association with Thoroughbreds as an exercise rider for his uncle, W.C. “Farmer Bill” Scully.
In 1923, Mulholland became a foreman for the George D. Widener, Jr. racing stable. He eventually became Jack Joyner’s assistant trainer, and in 1933 was made head trainer, a position in which he had considerable success.
Mulholland won the 1962 Belmont Stakes with Champion 3-Year-Old Jaipur, who also won the Travers Stakes in record time that year in a legendary race with Ridan. Jaipur is one of Mulholland’s record five Travers winners. He also won Saratoga’s marquee race with Hall of Famer Eight Thirty (1939), Lights Out (1950), Battlefield (1951), and Crewman (1963).
Other notable races won by Mulholland horses include the Jamaica Handicap (3), Flash Stakes, Sanford Stakes, Massachusetts Handicap, Suburban Handicap 92), Diana Handicap (2), Metropolitan Handicap, Test Stakes (2), Jersey Derby (2), Peter Pan Stakes (2), Wood Memorial, Belmont Futurity (3), Hopeful Stakes (3), Saratoga Special, Dwyer Stakes, Withers Stakes (2), Schuylerville Stakes, Spinaway Stakes, Delaware Handicap (2), Gotham Stakes, and Saranac Stakes.
Based on available records, Mulholland won more than 800 career races and had purse earnings of more than $6.5 million.
Bert Mulholland was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1967.