Charles Simon bio
Charles Simon grew up in the horse racing country surrounding Saratoga Springs. He is a graduate of Saratoga Catholic high school and as a teenager worked on the backsides of both the harness and thoroughbred tracks every summer. After graduating from the University of Arizona's racetrack industry program with a degree in animal science he accepted a job as assistant racing secretary at Yonkers Raceway. At the age of 21 Charles was the youngest racing official in the country. After two years he left track management to pursue a training career, starting from the ground up. The list of accomplished trainers that he worked for include hall of famers D.Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito as well as leading trainers Peter Ferriola and Tom Skiffington.
Simon's biggest influence however was the legendary Allen Jerkens for whom he was an assistant to for 5 1/2 years. With Jerkens blessing he went out on his own in 1999, taking on a private string of horses in Kentucky for leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. In 2002 he opened a public stable which he has maintained to this day. In the 16 years since going on his own, Simon's horses have won over 325 races and earned in excess of $10 million dollars. Among the many stakes races that he has won are the grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap and the grade 3 Cardinal Handicap. Purchased privately on Simon's advice, Battle Won parlayed stakes wins in the Kentucky Cup Turf Sprint and Woodford stakes at Keeneland into an invitation to compete in the Hong Kong International races. Other notable horses trained by Simon were successful stallion Catienus, multiple stakes winners Saratoga Sunrise, Strength and Honor, Karly's Harley, Nothing to Lose, Presumed Innocent, Sabillena, Aire Bueno (Chi) and Killer Bird.
The racetrack isn't the only place where Charles Simon has found success in the horse business. He selected and purchased multiple graded stakes winners Divine Park (Grade 1-Met Mile) and Genuine Devotion (Grade 3-Locust Grove) as yearlings for bargain prices ($20000 and $90000). Simon also purchased at auction the dam of grade 1 winner Joha for $7000 and planned the mating of the aforementioned horse. He bought and imported US stakes winner Seeking Answers and also purchased Grade 2 placed Brilliant Son. Among horses that Simon trained post claim that went on to become stakes winners or graded placed runners are Fast City, Very Very, Karly's Harley, Catienus, The Knight Sky and Xaverian.