09/10/2010 3:11PM

Dwoskin out for unheard-of double


MIAMI – Steve Dwoskin has been leading owner at Calder three times but has never won a training title. Now he’s trying to accomplish both feats during the same meet.

Dwoskin entered Friday’s program with 27 wins since the session began on April 25, six more than his closest pursuer, Bill White. He also owned 21 of those 27 winners, putting him eight victories in front of Jacks or Better Farm in the race for the owners crown.

“You have no idea what it would mean to me to win both,” Dwoskin said on Friday. “As far as I know, in the 40 year history of the track nobody has done that and to be in the record books for something like that be very neat.”

According to track records, nobody has won both the owner and trainer titles in the same meet here since 1991. Owner records are incomplete before that, although local officials believe Dwoskin’s claim that he would be the first to accomplish the achievement is correct.

Dwoskin, 67, has competed at Calder ever since the track opened its doors in 1971. He took out his own trainer’s license the next season and has been at it, albeit at times on a part-time basis, ever since.

“I had a business in the south end of town years ago,” said Dwoskin. “When I spent a lot of time at the track, the horses did well, but my business went down, and when I paid more attention to the office, the horses didn’t do as well. It was a tough situation for me until I moved my business closer to Calder.”

Dwoskin merged his auto parts business three years ago, which has freed up even more time for him to spend at the track.

“It was a better situation for me all around merging the business with my competitor,” said Dwoskin. “I had watched other trainers work with my horses over the years and didn’t like the way it was done. I can’t see anybody doing things the way I do such as the vitamin program I have and the extra TLC I like to give my horses.”

Dwoskin says his success in the trainer’s race is due to several factors.

“Owning your own horses is a big plus,” said Dwoskin. “I’ve also got more and better horses to work with this summer. In addition, some of the other trainers don’t have as many horses in their stable as they used to. It’s not like the past when some of these stables had 45 or 50 horses in them. When it comes to winning training titles, it’s a numbers game.”

Dwoskin also credited the help in his barn for this year’s success.

“It’s a team effort,” said Dwoskin. I have a really good crew this year, beginning with my assistant Paul Newman. I also have some new grooms and exercise riders who are very good.”

Although Dwoskin’s stable isn’t loaded with stars, he does have an up and coming 2-year-old prospect in recent maiden winner Swift Warrior.

“I always knew he was begging for distance,” said Dwoskin. “I didn’t push him at first while sprinting him to gain experience. He could run in the Foolish Pleasure later this month but it’s not likely. I don’t want to rush him. I’ll probably look for an allowance race next.”

◗ Jockey Sebastian Madrid suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck in a nasty spill here last week and will be sidelined indefinitely, according to his agent, Dick Diego. Madrid was aboard L’s Legacy who could not avoid Brilliant Passage after the latter broke down in the fourth race on Sept. 2.