Steve Landers


Residence: Little Rock, Ark.

Won first career graded stakes race in 2018 with Leofric

  • Had three victories in 2020, highlighted by Night Ops win in the Essex Handicap.

  • Tied for eighth in the 2019 standings with six victories. Finished second in the inaugural $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational with Night Ops and third in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) and inaugural $250,000 Oaklawn Mile with Pioneer Spirit.
  • Landers is a native Arkansan, who at the age of 17 started selling cars for Rebsamen Ford in Little Rock. That same year, he married his wife Sandy. Landers has been in the car business for a more than 40 years and currently as President of Landers Toyota in Little Rock and Hot Springs.
  • Was President of the South Central Region at United Auto Group, where he was responsible for all of UAG’s operations in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Landers oversaw the acquisition of an additional 21 dealerships in his region for UAG before leaving in 2003 and purchasing his Toyota dealership.
  • Landers had been part of partnerships or solely owned horses in the past at Oaklawn, but he decided to get more involved in the business in 2014. Won seven races at the 2017 Oaklawn meeting to tie for 10th in the standings.
  • Highlighted by Leofric, Landers won four races at the 2018 Oaklawn meeting. Leofric won an allowance race before finishing second in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses. After giving Landers his first graded stakes victory in the West Virginia Governor’s Stakes (G3) at Mountaineer, Leofric later won the Fayette Stakes (G2) at Keeneland and captured the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs in his final career start. The Clark represented Landers’ first career Grade 1 victory.
  • Has teamed with trainer Brad Cox since the end of the 2015 Oaklawn meeting. In addition to Leofric, their successful partnership has included Illussion Artist, winner of Oaklawn’s 2017 Carousel Stakes; Dazzling Gem, third in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and fourth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in 2016; and Big Changes, who became a multiple stakes winner on turf in 2018 after breaking his maiden at the 2016 Oaklawn meeting.
  • Landers is a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission.
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