SCOTT WILLOUGHBY PROFILE

SCOTT WILLOUGHBY


Family: Wife, Diane. 
Residence: Norco, California                                                                                                                                          
Top Career Moments:

-Caputred 2007 Sgt. Pepper Feature with Go And Hide
- Won MCI Challenge Championship with Streakin Victory in 1997.
- Saddled Dont Dink With Me to a runner-up finish in the Kindergarten Futurity in 2001.
- Saddled Doreme Fasolasi Win to a third place finish in the Governor's Cup Futurity in 2002.
- Won the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity with Heza Secret Diamond in 2004.
- Saddled Lindas Dasher to runner-up finishes in the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity, Governor's Cup Futurity, and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity in 2004.

Career Profile: As a child, Scott Willoughby had some very large shoes to fill. Not only was he the son of trainer Bob Willoughby, but he was also the nephew of the legendary Walter Merrick.


   Bob Willoughby is best remembered as the trainer who started Easy Jet on his phenomenal race career. Willoughby trained Easy Jet to a stakes win in the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Futurity at Arapahoe Park in Colorado. Walter Merrick is also known as Easy Jet's trainer, as he took over the duties prior to the colt's victory in the 1969 All American Futurity. Easy Jet went on to become one of the foundation sires of the Quarter Horse racing industry. Merrick himself is considered one of the pioneers in the world of Quarter Horse breeders. "I never felt any pressure to even be a trainer, but this is just what we do," said Scott, who started training on his own in 1989. "Dad taught me basically everything I know. This is all I've ever done."


    One of the horses that put the trainer on the map was Streakin Victory, a top 870 yard runner. Scott claimed Streakin Victory for $6,250 at Ruidoso Downs before the gelding posted several solid seasons of stakes competition. Streakin Victory was one of the reasons Scott packed up his stable and headed to California in 1995. His other-reason for heading west was more personal. "My dad passed away in 1995," he said. "Dad told me I ought to come out here, and after he died I couldn't see any reason not to."