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Hubert "Sonny" Hine

Sonny Hine
Hubert "Sonny" Hine
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    Sonny Hine was born in The Bronx, New York, on Jan. 9, 1931, and became a full-time trainer on the Maryland circuit in 1957. He trained his first stakes winner, Softly, in 1972, and was best known as the conditioner of Hall of Famer Skip Away, the 1988 Horse of the Year.

   Before becoming a trainer, Hine joined the United States Air Force and attended Yale University for a year. While enrolled in a pre-veterinary course at Pennsylvania State University he was contacted by the United States Department of State to become a special investigator in Hong Kong, allowing him to become fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

   Skip Away defeated Cigar in the 1996 Jockey Club Gold Cup to secure the Eclipse Award for 3-Year-Old Colt that year.  Skip Away subsequently won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Woodward, Suburban, Pimlico Special, Hollywood Gold Cup, and a second Jockey Club Gold Cup.

   Other top horses Hine trained included Amber Pass, Bet Big, Norquestor, Technology, and Guilty Conscience, the 1981 Champion Sprint Horse.
   Hine also won the Massachusetts Handicap and the Gulfstream Handicap three times each; two editions of the Haskell Invitational, Ohio Derby and Pegasus Handicap; and posted single scores in the Vosburgh Stakes, Arlington Classic, 
Carter Handicap, Florida Derby, Suburban Handicap, Donn Handicap, and Pennsylvania Derby.

   Prior to 1976, Hine had 408 verified winners. After that, he won 897 races, including 126 stakes (54 graded).

   Sonny Hine was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2003.