Racing

Danny Caldwell

Residence: Poteau, Okla.

Four-time leading owner at Oaklawn 

  • Four-time Oaklawn leading owner Danny Caldwell has 137 career victories in Hot Springs, including 22 in 2019 to finish second in the standings for the second consecutive year.
  • Through Dec. 4, Caldwell had won six races in 2019 with Heavens Whisper, a filly he claimed for $6,250 earlier in the year at Oaklawn. Overall, she won 9 of 13 starts and was tied with two other horses as the country’s winningest horse in 2019.
  • Oaklawn’s leading owner in 2014 (24 victories), 2015 (18), 2016 (22) and 2017 (22).
  • Recorded first Oaklawn victory March 13, 2008 (Smokin’ Spirit).
  • Recorded first Oaklawn stakes victory when Domain’s Rap won the opening-day $125,000 Fifth Season for older horses in 2017.
  • Caldwell’s wife, Allison, recorded her first Oaklawn victory as an owner April 6, 2019 (Drc All Inclusive).
  • Caldwell learned to appreciate horses growing up on an Oklahoma farm. After graduating from Northeastern State University, he spent 13 years coaching high school football, basketball and girls softball. During those years, he also dabbled in Quarter-Horse ownership and claiming after attending the races at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw.
  • Eventually, his brother approached him with an opportunity to go into the natural stone business, which afforded him the chance to get serious about the horse business. After starting out small by claiming a few horses at Churchill Downs in 2007, the operation became a full-time operation more than five years ago when he hired Federico Villafranco as his private trainer.
  • Caldwell has also earned top honors as leading owner at Remington Park – a record 10 times through 2018 – and is a four-time leading owner at Prairie Meadows.
  • Known for being a hands-on owner and having a keen eye for the claiming game, some of his favorite horses are Herecomesthemannow, who won the Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes after being claimed for $7,500; and Fifth Date, who was claimed for $18,000 and went on to win the Oklahoma Classics Cup Stakes.