One of the nation’s top 25 trainers of all time by total wins, Dale Capuano has been an active MTHA board member since 1996. He currently serves as chairman of the Purse Committee, handling purse and stakes allocations, one of the MTHA’s most important functions.
He has led Maryland’s training ranks in eight calendar years and claimed a remarkable 31 meet titles. His resume consists of over 3,100 career wins with over $52 million in career earnings. He is also tied as the all-time leading Maryland Million trainer with 10 wins.
One of his most recent stars was millionaire Heros Reward, the two-time Maryland-bred Horse of the Year who won or placed in 13 stakes. He won the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine in 2007 and the Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland in 2009. He also ranks Kentucky Derby starter Wind Splitter among the best horses he trained.
Capuano currently trains 40 horses at Laurel Park.
A son of longtime horseman and MTHA director Phil Capuano, he grew up on the family farm in Upper Marlboro and started going with his father to the racetrack at an early age. He was 18 in 1981 when he got his trainer’s license and first win at Bowie. Soon after that, his father and mother Connie started assisting him in the operation of the stable.
Capuano is the older brother of Gary Capuano, another Maryland trainer often noted for his work with Captain Bodgit, the 1997 Kentucky Derby runner-up.
“Racing in Maryland is in my family’s blood,” Capuano said. “Preserving and improving the quality of our live racing product is of vital importance to our way of life. I will continue to devote all I have to make a difference toward this goal.”