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Jack Van Berg to Present Trophy for Jan. 25 Van Berg Stakes, Sign Copies of New Book

Fair Grounds All-Time Winningest Trainer Jack Van Berg to Present Trophy for Jan. 25 Van Berg Stakes, Sign Copies of New Book "Jack, From Grit to Glory"

Jack Van Berg, a member of the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame and the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, will return to Fair Grounds & Slots on January 25, 2014 to present the trophy for the Van Berg Stakes, named for him and his father, Marion Van Berg.

Van Berg is the all-time leading trainer at Fair Grounds, having collected an estimated 1,210 wins during a training career that spanned from 1957 to 1996 to go along with 10 training titles. The Van Berg Stakes, a 5 ½ furlong turf test for sophomores, will be run for the second time this season after debuting last year as part of a Name the Stakes contest run by Fair Grounds. Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Animal Style won the inaugural running for trainer Mike Maker.

In addition to presenting the trophy to the winner of the race, Van Berg will also be on hand near the paddock to autograph copies of the new book written about his life, “Jack, From Grit to Glory: A Lifetime of Mentoring, Dedication and Perseverance, The True Story of Jack Van Berg, an American Horse Racing Legend.”

Written by Chris Kotulak, the book is “a true story of hardship, heartache, and heartfelt joy,” and has received positive reviews from all corners of the racing industry.

The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jennie Rees called it, “a wonderfully detailed and descriptive biography of Jack Van Berg, you truly understand why horse racing’s Marlboro Man cried when he won the Kentucky Derby. Jack, From Grit to Glory, in fast-paced and often humorous style, also reveals the man whose name still is spoken in awe by track old-timers: his father, Marion,” and NBC television racing analyst Randy Moss praised the book as, "a fascinating and long-overdue glimpse into the life stories and racing backgrounds of two legends of the sport: not only Jack Van Berg, but Marion Van Berg as well."