Residence: Little Rock, Ark.
Won first career graded stakes race in 2018 with Leofric
- Steve Landers is a native Arkansan, who at the age of 17 started selling cars for Rebsamen Ford in Little Rock. That same year, he married his wife Sandy. Landers has been in the car business for a more than 40 years and is currently President of Landers Toyota.
- Was President of the South Central Region at United Auto Group, where he was responsible for all of UAG’s operations in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Landers oversaw the acquisition of an additional 21 dealerships in his region for UAG before leaving in 2003 and purchasing his Toyota dealership.
- Landers had been part of partnerships or solely owned horses in the past during the Oaklawn meet, but he decided to get more involved in the business in 2014. Won seven races at the 2017 Oaklawn meeting to tie for ninth in the standings.
- Landers won four races at the 2018 Oaklawn meeting, including an allowance race with. Leofric, who also finished second in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3). After giving Landers his first graded stakes victory in the West Virginia Governor’s Stakes (G3) Aug. 4 at Mountaineer, Leofric finished a strong third in the Woodward Stakes (G1) Sept. 1 at Saratoga and won the Fayette Stakes (G2) Oct. 27 at Keeneland. He gave Landers his first Grade 1 when he won the Clark Handicap at Churchill Nov. 23.
- Has teamed with trainer Brad Cox since the end of the 2015 Oaklawn meeting. In addition to Leofric, their successful partnership has included Illusion Artist, winner of Oaklawn’s $150,000 Carousel Stakes for older female sprinters in 2017; Dazzling Gem, third in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and fourth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in 2016; and Big Changes, who became a multiple stakes winner on turf in 2018 after breaking his maiden at the 2016 Oaklawn meeting.
- Landers is a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission.