02/22/2010 1:00AM

Wiggins takes advisory role


Retired trainer Hal Wiggins, who trained reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra through her 2009 Kentucky Oaks victory, has joined Legacy Bloodstock in Lexington, Ky., as an adviser.

Wiggins, 68, trained horses for 34 years before retiring in 2009. He will assist Legacy Bloodstock with owner recruiting and client relations. The bloodstock agency announced his appointment on Feb. 21, saying it expected Wiggins's expertise to aid in marketing horses the agency sells on behalf of clients "as well as reaching a larger demographic of people in the industry that do not normally attend Thoroughbred auctions."

Tommy Eastham and Mark Toothaker are partners in Legacy Bloodstock.

Wiggins saddled more than 840 winners and 15 stakes-winners during his long career and most recently received the 2009 Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year award from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners. He trained Rachael Alexandra to win four graded stakes, culminating with her record 20 1/4-length score in the Oaks.