Danny Caldwell


Residence: Poteau, Okla.

  • Four-time Oaklawn leading owner Danny Caldwell finished out the 2020 season tied for third in the owner standings with ten wins.
  • Oaklawn’s leading owner in 2014 (24 victories), 2015 (18), 2016 (22), and 2017 (22).
  • Recorded first Oaklawn victory March 13, 2008 (Smokin’ Spirit).
  • Recorded first Oaklawn stakes victory when Domain’s Rap won the opening-day $125,000 Fifth Season for older horses in 2017.
  • Caldwell’s wife, Allison, recorded her first Oaklawn victory as an owner on April 6, 2019 (Drc All Inclusive).
  • Caldwell learned to appreciate horses growing up on an Oklahoma farm. After graduating from Northeastern State University, he spent 13 years coaching high school football, basketball and girls softball. During those years, he also dabbled in Quarter-Horse ownership and claiming after attending the races at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw.
  • Eventually, his brother approached him with an opportunity to go into the natural stone business, which afforded him the chance to get serious about the horse business. After starting out small by claiming a few horses at Churchill Downs in 2007, the operation became a full-time operation more than five years ago when he hired Federico Villafranco as his private trainer.
  • Caldwell has also earned top honors as leading owner at Remington Park – a record 11 times through 2020 – and is a four-time leading owner at Prairie Meadows.
  • Known for being a hands-on owner and having a keen eye for the claiming game, some of his favorite horses are Herecomesthemannow, who won the Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes after being claimed for $7,500; and Fifth Date, who was claimed for $18,000 and went on to win the Oklahoma Classics Cup Stakes.
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