09/19/2013 1:00PM

Van Berg will relocate stable to the Midwest


Jack Van Berg, the Hall of Fame trainer who has spent the last 20-plus years primarily in Southern California, announced Thursday on a national teleconference that he is returning to live and work in the Midwest, where he spent many of his most successful years in racing.

Van Berg, 77, called the teleconference primarily to promote his new book, “Jack, From Grit to Glory,” authored by Chris Kotulak, and his upcoming participation in the “Breeders’ Cup Experience” at the Nov. 1-2 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Van Berg said he will leave California after the Betfair Hollywood meet ends in December and move to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas for the winter and then on to Kentucky in the spring.

Van Berg, with 6,417 victories, is fourth all-time in career wins, behind only Dale Baird, Steve Asmussen, and Jerry Hollendorfer. He led the national standings in wins nine times and was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1985, one year after earning the Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer. He is best known for his work with Alysheba, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1987 and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1988.

Van Berg has struggled in recent years in California, averaging less than 10 wins a year since 2002. He is just 1 for 93 in 2013 and currently has about 16 horses in his stable at Hollywood.