Fred Danley

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Fred Danley is a Hall of Fame Trainer that has spent his entire life with race horses. He began training horses at the age of 16 and by age 19 he became the youngest trainer to ever win the Kansas Futurity (now named the Ruidoso Futurity). Danley has had success training thoroughbreds and quarter horses. His quarter horses have won more than 1,500 races and earned over 20 million dollars. His thoroughbred starters have won more than 1,400 races and earned over 17 million dollars. He is currently ranked the 15th all-time leading trainer of Quarter Horse money-earners.


In 2022, with 18 trial starters Fred qualified 12 horses to the finals. A 4 year old filly Valiant Stars won all 4 of her starts this summer at Ruidoso Downs. Her latest win was in the Ruidoso Downs Distaff Challenge Stakes where she  qualified to the AQHA World Championships. Danley’s superstar 3 year old gelding Lethal Avenger ran in and qualified for all 3 of Ruidoso Downs’ richest quarter horse derbies with a close 3rd in the Grade I All American Derby. Fred also had the 2nd fastest qualifier (fastest on day 2 of trials) to this year’s Grade I $3 Million All American Futurity, Doing Something Good. Fellow New Mexico bred filly Wood Dee Queen ran in 3 trials, qualified for 2 with a 3rd place finish in the Grade 2 New Mexico State Fair Futurity at The Downs At Albuquerque.The Hall of Fame Trainer’s quarter horses weren’t the only ones lighting up the tote board this summer. 2 year old thoroughbred gelding Leave Them Behind has won all 3 of his trial races and qualified for all 3 futurities at 3 different distances.