Ron Moquett

Ron Moquett

Born: 8/31/71, Fort Smith, Ark.

Resides: Fort Smith, Ark.

Moquett had another outstanding meet in 2017, highlighted by top sprinter Whitmore, who won the $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes and $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap. He also won the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes with Rockshaw.

Has been a major player in Oaklawn's 3-year-old stakes program the last three years starting with Far Right, who won the Smarty Jones and Southwest Stakes (G3) before finishing second to eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the $1 million Arkansas Derby and becoming Moquett's first Kentucky Derby starter. Returned to the Kentucky Derby in 2016 with Whitmore, who had finished second in the Southwest and Rebel Stakes and third in Arkansas Derby. Top 3-year-old in 2017 was Petrov, who finished second in both Smarty Jones and Southwest.

Born and raised in Fort Smith, Ark., Moquett began attending races at Oaklawn at a young age and admits to cutting classes to go to the races while at the University of Arkansas.

Started out with trainer Bernie Flint. He moved up from hotwalker to foreman before going on his own in 1996. He currently races in Arkansas, Kentucky and Saratoga.

Known for his ability to bring new owners into the business, Moquett puts together partnerships under his Southern Springs Stable banner.

His biggest stars were Rare Money and Mystery Giver until shocking the field in the 2006 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs with Seek Gold. In recent years, he built on that Grade 1 victory to get other top-level horses such as Gentlemen’s Bet, Right to Vote, Bim Bam and Livi Makenzie.

After finishing third in the 2013 Gr. 3 Count Fleet Sprint, Gentlemen’s Bet went on to win the Iowa Sprint Handicap and was third in both the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.