Born: 4/6/63, Searcy, Ark.
Resides: Jonesboro, Ark.
- A commercial real estate developer, owner Mike Langford was introduced to the game by his father, Dean, and won his first race in 1987 at Keeneland.
- Has five horses in training, all with six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen, including multiple stakes Carve, who is pointing for the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) March 19 at Oaklawn.
- In addition to Carve, Langford, solely or in partnership, has campaigned stakes winners Fan the Flame, Iron Post, Troy’s Play, Short Stay, Don Dulce, Jonesboro and Dunkin Bend.
- Troy’s Play, named for Langford’s son and business partner Troy, won the $40,000 Dixieland Stakes in 1998 at Oaklawn. Iron Post won the $40,000 King Cotton Stakes two weeks later at Oaklawn.
- Langford’s most accomplished runner to date is multiple graded stakes winner Jonesboro, who earned $1,550,685 after being purchased for $27,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
- Jonesboro, at stud just outside Hot Springs at Lake Hamilton Equine Associates, is out of champion Mom’s Command, a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
- Jonesboro, named for the northeast Arkansas city in which Langford resides, won 14 of 50 career starts for trainer Randy Morse, including the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G2) in 2009 at Prairie Meadows, $150,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) in 2008 at Oaklawn, $100,000 Essex Handicap (G3) in 2007 at Oaklawn and the $75,000 Northern Spur Breeders’ Cup Stakes in 2005 at Oaklawn.
- Carve, claimed out his 2013 career debut victory at Oaklawn for $30,000, won the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes in 2015 at Oaklawn and has $969,240 in earnings.
- Older brother Tim, a prominent Little Rock, Ark., urologist, was a star quarterback in the early 1980s at Arkansas State University and is a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Honor and Board of Trustees.