Born: Fremont, Nebraska
Resides: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A childhood love of horses has trainer Lynn Chleborad (pronounced Cleber Add) to where she is now – among the top trainers on the Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa racing circuit. Chleborad’s runners have earned over a million dollars in earnings each year since 2007. She was leading trainer in 2009 and 2010 at Prairie Meadows and finished in the top 5 in the trainer standings there since 2011 and in top 10 the last two years at Remington Park.
Chleborad, who grew up around show horses and competing in rodeos, was majoring in accounting at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri when she realized she “couldn’t sit still long enough to work in an office” and left to pursue a career with horses. She started with show horses before making the move to racehorses. Her break came when she started grooming and galloping for Herb Riecken, a veteran Nebraska trainer, who helped her get started. She took out her own trainer’s license in 1987.
One of the better horses in her stable, and her personal favorite, is American Sugar. The filly has won four stakes in her career, including the 2013 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn. Through March 9, Chleborad is one victory away from the 1,000-win career milestone.