12/01/2016 11:16AM

Jockey agent Crawford returns to training

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FLORENCE, Ky. – It’s not all that uncommon for a trainer to disband his stable to become a jockey agent. What’s more unusual is for an agent to become a trainer.

Bert Crawford is doing just that.

Crawford, 52, had five horses in the entries for the first week of the Turfway holiday meet and said he will soon have about 25 horses on his shed row.

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“I’ve been working with horses since 1982,” said Crawford, who had been an agent for seven years, working most recently for Gabriel Lagunes.

From 2006 to 2008, Crawford ran a big stable, winning 106 races from 991 starters. Presented with an opportunity to start anew by Illinois businessman Dennis Behrmann, he jumped.

“I’d gotten tired of traveling as much as I was,” said Crawford, who lives in Wilder, Ky. “Between Turfway and Belterra, I can be home year-round again.”