Thoroughbred Hall of Fame Trainer Jack Van Berg at Hazel Park Raceway
Jack Van Berg is headed to Hazel Park Raceway for the return of Thoroughbred racing on June 27th, 2014. Join Jack on opening night, Friday, June 27th, for a signing of his book "Jack, From Grit to Glory," a biography written by popular television horse racing analyst Chris Kotulak. Jack will be in the paddock park behind the clubhouse on Friday night from 7:00–10:30 pm. Jack Van Berg was the first trainer in North America to reach 5,000 wins and currently is ranked 4th in wins with more than 6,420 victories. Van Berg's greatest runner was Alysheba, who won the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Track announcer Tom Dirkin famously declared Alysheba "America's Horse!" when he won the 1988 Breeder's Cup Classic in near darkness. Alysheba retired as the leading North American money earner of all-time ($6,679,242). Jack Van Berg simultaneously operated many mighty divisions of thoroughbreds across the nation throughout the 1970's and 1980's. Jack and his father Marion H. Van Berg raced in Detroit for decades and were record-breaking leading trainers. Both men became known as task-master trainers, known for their strict work ethic, yet gentle and generous knack to help those in need. The book is filled with many references and photos of Detroit Thoroughbred racing. A living legend and the last of a vanishing breed of horse trainers, Jack Van Berg is known for his gruff voice, John Wayne–like swagger, and benevolent nature. The book signing will take place in the paddock park behind the clubhouse on Friday, June 27th, 2014 from 7:00–10:30 pm.