Tony O’Sullivan Bio
Originally a native of New Zealand, O’Sullivan arrived in New Jersey in 1996 – where he worked for trainer’s Paul Jessop and Ross Croghan; it was the job with Croghan that brought O’Sullivan to Ontario. Once deciding to stay in Ontario, O’Sullivan worked as an assistant trainer to Nat Varty for 2 years and then accepted a position with Mark Harder to manage Harder’s Ontario operation. While with Harder, O’Sullivan had the opportunity to help with the conditioning and campaigning of some memorable horses such as, Rare Earth, Camcracker and Sutter Hanover.
In October 2004, O’Sullivan opened his own public stable – and never looked back…..at least not to often! Having successfully managed and campaigned 2 successful stables, in Ontario and New Jersey – O’Sullivan has established himself among the top trainers in North America. Continuously ranking among the top trainers at Woodbine, O’Sullivan has repeatedly had stable earning over 1 million since opening his doors in 2004. Both 2011 and 2012 were banner years for O’Sullivan, with his stable banking over 3.9 million each year – earning him an O’Brian award nomination for 2011. Stand out campaigners for these years were Alsace Hanover, Maureen Rocks, Dalhousie Dave, Classicrocknroll, Camaes Fellow, Love Canal and Machawish.
Since the 2011 season – O’Sullivan’s stable has continuously earned between 2.5 and 3.5 million yearly – O’Sullivan has over 25 million in lifetime earning and has surpassed 1000 career training wins.. O’Sullivan certainly does not take all the credit for his success; “my stable would not have the success without my staff, trainers and my owners – I’m constantly communicating with my trainers and in turn my owners; together we make the best decision for each horse to get to the next level.”
If you are looking for an enjoyable and honest experience in Harness racing – this is where you need to be! Tony is known for his knowledge and conditioning of yearlings and racehorses as well as his honest approach with his clients – there is always an open door to discuss your horse and the game plan. The operation is based out of Classy Lane Stable, giving the horses access to one of the best – if not the best training track around, a sand track, jogging trails, an equine pool, plenty of paddocks for turn-out time, walkers, on-site veterinarian and therapeutic Spa facility. All owners and perspective owners are invited to stop by the barn at any time to see the team in action and see first hand the daily happenings in O’Sullivan’s operation. You never know – you might find you visit on a ‘coffee and bailey’s’ day!