Born: April 24, 1956
Birthplace: La Harpe, Ill.
Family: wife Metzie, daughter Karie
- Earned the 1,000th win of his training career on March 1, 2013 when Ruthless Empire won the 7th race at Oaklawn as the 4-5 favorite.
- Won back-to-back runnings of the Gr. 3 Azeri with Tiz Miz Sue, who went on to impress New Yorkers when she won the 2013 Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont by a half-length. The star of the Hobby Stable was retired late in the summer of ‘13 after earning more $1.1 million dollars in her career.
- Won the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga with Telling in both 2009 and ‘10.
- More recently, his top horses have been 2015 Indiana Oaks winner High Dollar Woman and Spring Included, winner of Oaklawn’s 2015 Spring Fever and Carousel Stakes. Both are owned by long time clients Alex and Joann Lieblong.
- Grew up in Colorado where his father, Gerald, was a trainer at the now defunct Centennial Race Track just outside Denver. A jockey in his youth, Hobby turned to training in 1976.
- Hobby’s wife, Metzie, is his assistant and daughter, Karie, is a manager in Oaklawn’s Food & Beverage department. Another important member of his team is Chindi, a multiple stakes winner who raced until age 12 and now serves as his stable pony.