Birthdate: 5-14-26; Vernon, Texas
Family: Wife, Charlene; One Son, two granddaughters, four great-granddaughters
Residence: Sanger, California
Top Career Moments:
- Won the Kaweah Bar Handicap with Best Of Me in 1983.
- Won the Marathon National with Manus Mark in 1984.
- Won the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity with Primo High in 1996.
- Won the Bayer Legend California Challenge A Mere First in 1996.
- Won the Ivan Ashment Handicap with Classic Tol in 2004.
Career Profile: Elmer January figures he's the only remaining member of the current training colony who was plying that trade during the inaugural Los Alamitos meeting in 1954. It was that same year that he recorded his first victory. A native of Vernon, Texas, his family moved to California when he was 7 and it was after serving in World War II that January got involved with the Quarter Horses through some friends. January has been a permanent fixture ever since, winning more than 400 races to go along with his share of Quarter Horse stakes races. In addition to keeping a stable of horses at Los Alamitos, January also keeps around 60 horses at his 72-acre ranch in Sanger, California. And to this day, January can be found at Los Alamitos every single racing night. "I just love training horses," Elmer said. "I think I will keep training horses for another 10-20 years."
When asked about his top performers, he picks out PCQHRA Futurity hero and Los Alamitos Million starter Primo High and Tom Lydon, who captured the first-ever Evangeline Derby in Louisiana. "It was a real thrill to have a starter in one of the first runnings of Los Alamitos Million," Elmer related. "I've also been lucky to be associated with some of the top jockeys who have ridden here over the years, like John Watson, Terry Lipham and Bobby Adair."