Born in Cicero, Ill., in 1910, Harry Trotsek proved adept at handling all types of Thoroughbreds. He conditioned three 2-year-old champions, a grass champion, and many successful imported runners.
Trotsek trained Oil Capitol, the 1949 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt, winner of the Flamingo Mile, Equipoise Mile, Butler Handicap, New Orleans Handicap, Widener Handicap, and Arlington Handicap.
With Hasty Road, the 1953 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt, Trotsek won the 1954 Preakness Stakes and the 1955 Widener Handicap. He also trained Moccasin, the 1965 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly.
Trotsek also trained Stan, the 1954 Grass Champion, and the standout Mahan, both among many top foreign runners under Trotsek’s care.
At the height of his career in the 1950s, Trotsek worked for Greentree Stable and Calumet Farm. He was America’s leading money-winning trainer in 1953. That year, Trotsek became only the second conditioner to earn more than $1 million in a year (Hall of Famer Jimmy Jones was the first).
Trotsek campaigned primarily in Kentucky, Florida and Illinois. He trained 96 stakes winners and was a noted developer of top jockeys. He helped foster the career of Hall of Fame riders John Rotz and Johnny Sellers, as well as Kenny Church, Ron Hirdes, Ernest Cadrone, and Harry Hart. Trotsek became so noted for taking in young boys and turning out quality race riders that he managed a jockey school in Detroit in 1944 and 1945.
Harry Trotsek was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1984.
Trotsek leads Hasty Road