Understanding the Horse-Human Bond: Horse Trainer William Mott’s Insight

Horse Trainer William "Bill" MottHorse Trainer William Mott. Photo Source: Social Media.

Meet the horse trainer William Mott, the youngest trainer ever to receive the honor of being included in the Racing Hall of Fame at age 45. But aren’t you curious about what makes him so good at his job?

William I. “Bill” Mott started his training career early in life. In this article, we will discuss Mott’s horse training career. Let’s get to know what makes Mott so special from the rest.

Background on William Mott

  • William Mott’s first horse’s name was My Assets.
  • Mott worked for Jack Van Berg for three years after high school.
  • He started his own horse training career at the age of 25 in 1978.
  • Mott is most known for his training work with Cigar, owned by Allen E. Paulson.
  • Bill Mott has trained seven year-end champions.
  • Mott won his first Triple Crown victory in 2010.
  • Currently, Mott has a stable based primarily in New York and Kentucky with approximately 100 horses.

William Mott’s Journey of Horse Training

William Mott has been in the horse training business since his 20s. He began in his home state of South Dakota, where he owned and trained his first horse, a mare named My Assets.

Mott won his first race at a recognized track, and with the winning money, he spent $2,000 on another horse named Kosmic Tour, who won the South Dakota Futurity at Park Jefferson.

Fresh out of high school, William started working with a Hall of Fame trainer, Jack Van Berg, until 1978, when he opened his own public stable and went his own way. Mott was voted Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Trainer in 1995, 1996, and 2011. He is mainly known for his work with a thoroughbred racehorse, Cigar.

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Relationship Between Cigar and Mott

While talking about horse trainer William Mott’s career, we cannot miss the name ‘Cigar.’ He was Mott’s career’s greatest work and has achieved astounding victories.

William has a strong strategy for training horses, and his most used tactic is known to be disciplined. He believes that practice makes one perfect and won’t send a horse to race until he is ready for it.

Cigar was considered mediocre at best before training with Mott. He had made an unsuccessful debut in early 1993 in a six-furlong race. When Cigar was sent to Mott, he gave the first half of the year off to adjust before bringing him back to racing in July 1993.

As the famous saying goes, “You cannot whisper to a horse that you’ve trained with yells” William is known for his patience, and even after disappointing results, he gave Cigar another chance to redeem himself.

In the next racing season, the mediocre horse Cigar turned out to be the best horse in North America who won all ten major races he entered under jockey Jerry Bailey, including the Pimlico Special.

Cigar was the first American thoroughbred racehorse to win 16 consecutive races in 1995-1996 since Triple Crown winner Citation did so.

William Mott's Horse Cigar
Horse Trainer William Mott. Photo Source: Instagram.

William Mott’s Cigar passed away on October 7, 2014, at the age of 24 years. He suffered from osteoarthritis in his spine and passed away due to the complications that ensued from the surgery. Learn about another Hall of Fame thoroughbred horse trainer, Shug McGaughey‘s Son.

Earnings From Horse Training Career

William Mott’s name comes among the top five smartest trainers in horse racing, and from a career that has been continued for about 5 decades, it is obvious that Mott has earned a lucrative amount.

According to America’s Best Racing, William earned above $4 million in the first half of 2023, and his lifetime earnings are more than $322 million.

On June 20, 2020, Mott recorded his 5000th career win, and as of April 2023, he has won 5,273 races. William’s career as a horse trainer is one for the books, and we wish him further success in the coming days as well.

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