ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2015) -- Richard Mulhall, a former trainer and racing manager of The Thoroughbred Corp., died May 25 at his home in Monrovia, Calif., following a lengthy illness, officials with Santa Anita Park publicity department said. He was 76.
During his career as a trainer, which began in 1959, Mulhall became widely known as a top developer of 2-year-olds. Later he became racing manger of Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Salman’s The Thoroughbred Corp., which campaign numerous top horses, including dual classic winners War Emblem and Point Given , the latter 2001 Horse of the Year.
Salman entered racing in the 1980s as Universal Stable, with Mulhall, who was a friend from college, as his trainer. When the operation was retooled in 1994 into The Thoroughbred Corp., racing homebreds and sales purchases, Mulhall retired from training and became Salman’s top adviser and racing manager.
The Thoroughbred Corp. achieved great success in both the sales and racing sides of the business.
Prince Ahmed died age 43 in July 2002, only after Kentucky Derby and PreaknessStakes (both gr. I) winner War Emblem lost his bid for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The Thoroughbred Corp. also campaigned Oath, winner of the 1999 Epsom Derby (Eng-I), as well as top performers Anees, Habibti,Jewel Princess, Johar, Lear Fan, Military, Officer, Sharp Cat, Royal Anthem, Spain, and Windsharp.
Mulhall took out his trainer license in 1959. According to Equibase, he trained 325 winners that won 27 stakes, among them graded-stakes winners Chart the Stars, Supremo, Scherando, Mohamed Abdu, What a Diplomat, and Simple Magic. He got his first stakes victory in 1967 with Madison.
After Salman’s death, his family appointed his brother, Prince Faisal, to oversee The Thoroughbred Corp. Day-to-day operations continued under Mulhall until April 2004.
Mulhall once said he like training 2-year-olds because they were like a blank canvas. “They haven’t been spoiled already,” he said. “They’re sound and you can start from scratch with them.”
Mulhall is survived by his son, Michael, and daughter, trainer Kristin Mulhall. Services are pending.