Donnie K Von Hemel
Born: Oct. 10, 1961
Birthplace: Manter, KS
Family: wife Robin, daughter Tess
- Von Hemel’s 2016 meet was highlighted by Suddenbreakingnews’ victory in the Southwest Stakes and second in the Arkansas Derby. Suddenbreakingnews became Von Hemel’s second Kentucky Derby starter and he was a fast closing fifth.
- Other recent stars are 2015 Azeri winner Gold Medal Dancer, Caleb’s Posse, winner of the 2011 King’s Bishop (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and multiple-stakes winner Alternation. In 2013, She’s All In had several top stakes placing, including a second behind champion Royal Delta in the Gr. 1 Delaware Handicap.
- From one of racing’s most recognizable families, Donnie and his brother, Kelly, are the sons of longtime Midwestern trainer and Nebraska Hall of Famer, Don Von Hemel.
- He graduated from Fort Hayes State University with an accounting degree, but went into the family business in 1984. He won his first training title at Louisiana Downs in 1988 and began a run of dominance at Remington that includes his induction in its Hall of Fame in 1998.
- Other top horses he has trained over the years include Clever Trevor, Mariah’s Storm, Evansville Slew, Custer, Leave a Legacy, Queen’s Gray Bee, Explosive Girl, Mr Ross and Bien Nicole.