Allen Milligan





Born: 07/07/1964, Celina, Texas

Resides: Arlington, Texas

  • Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 2009, Milligan had to settle for runner-up in 2011 and 2012. 
  • One standout filly in Milligan’s barn is Redgrass Cat. She fought off a full field to win the 2013 Donnie Wilhite Memorial Stakes on the turf at Louisiana Downs.
  • Top horses in his care in recent years include stakes winners Lady Giacamo, Bella Diamante, his first Kentucky Oaks (G1) starter in 2010 and Jake Mo, who competed in all four of Oaklawn’s 2012 3-year-old stakes. His best finish was a second in the Southwest Stakes.
  • Milligan is a third generation horseman. His father, the late Eddie Milligan, Sr., trained at Oaklawn and his brother, Eddie, Jr., operates a training center in Athens, Texas.
  • Like his father, Milligan also learned the ropes from trainer Frankie Brothers and spent five years working as his assistant before going out on his own. His first winner was Victory Flyer in 1988 at Churchill Downs.
  • Milligan married his longtime sweetheart, Jeannette Hughes, who is also his assistant and stable manager.