JIMMY GLENN JR.
When James Glenn, Sr., was diagnosed with cancer in the late 1970s, a doctor told his son James Glenn, Jr., to find a new pastime for his father. Glenn, Jr. followed the advice and bought a racehorse named Dutch Warrior for his father in 1979. Twenty-six years later, the father and son duo are still involved in the Sport of Kings, now as successful trainers.
"My dad had cancer, and everyone thought he was going to die," Glenn Jr., said. "They wanted to find a way to occupy his time, so we decided to buy a horse."
Not only did Glenn Sr. beat cancer, he has been involved with horses ever since. And so has his son. They have since established a solid racing operation in Oregon and since 1992 they've made annual visits to Southern California in the fall to race their Quarter Horses. The pair brings their horses to California, run them, and then sells them before returning to Oregon. Now, because Glenn Jr. is trying to establish a full-time barn at Los Alamitos, the game plan has changed.
"We decided we'd take a shot," said Glenn Jr, who brought 18 horses with him to Los Alamitos this year. "It started out real tough. I think I was 0 for 50 at the start, but now we've started to turn things around.
"The last five or six years, we would sell every horse that could run," he added. "Consequently it is going to be an uphill battle. So now we're trying to establish something and make a concerted effort to increase our win percentage. It takes a long time and you have to have a lot of patience."
Glenn Jr., who lives in the town of Yoncalla, Oregon., 45 miles south of Eugene, has been a trainer since 1986. He and his wife, Shelli, have three daughters: Kayla, 16; Taylor, 12; and Jamie, 6. Prior to beginning his training career, Glenn Jr. was a jockey from 1980 to 1986. He had been involved in rodeo as a kid growing up in Bellflower, Calif.
"I started rodeo riding when I was six until we moved (to Oregon) when I was 13," he said. "It's a lot different (rodeo), and you take your share of falls."
Glenn, Jr. said that the first time he had ever been to a racetrack was when former champion Dash For Cash won the 1976 Champion of Champions in a time of :21.17, a Los Alamitos track record for 440 yards that has stood for almost 30 years. The trainer is now hoping for a long and prosperous career at Los Alamitos Race Course.