Bruce N.
Levine

Bruce N. Levine, 55, is a native New Yorker, born in NYC and raised on Long Island. Currently Bruce resides in Old Westbury, NY, with his charming wife Debbie. A 1977 Graduate of the University of Miami, he has a BA Degree in Business Administration, which no doubt helps him manage his various racing stables. Trainer Bruce Levine's career victories now total over 2,200. He saddled his first winner at Aqueduct in 1979, and he counts 30 graded stakes wins among his victories. "I always came to the track to play the horses. That was my biggest hobby", Bruce adds. "Eventually, I found my way to the backstretch and started walking hots. I guess that's the way a lot of trainers get started." Learning from the ground up, Levine has amassed over 3,200 in-the-money placings, with the majority of his 8,000 runners competing on the tough NYRA circuit. 2008 marked his best year ever: Levine ranked 8th nationally in number of races won - 188 - and 16th nationally in purse money won - $6,561,285. Bruce Levine also won the Monmouth Park training title 2008 and 2009; he also garnered the trainer title at the 2007 and 2009 Meadowlands meet. For the year 2009, Levine saddled 723 runners for 143 wins, 138 seconds and 105 thirds. At year's end, his stable earned $4,841,224 while posting a 20% win average and a 53% in-the-money average. Levine's 2010 stats thru June 14 reveal his 194 runners have recorded 38 wins, 34 seconds and 36 thirds, while earning $1,128,154 and posting a 20% win average and a 56% in-the-money average. Go, Baby, Go!

Questions & Answers with Bruce N. Levine:

Favorite Food? “A dead-heat between hamburgers, pasta and pizza”

Favorite Restaurant? “Spolini’s in Kew Gardens, Peter Luger Steak House in Great Neck and Jolly Fisherman in Roslyn”

One Dinner Guest? “George W. Bush”

Favorite Cocktail? “Coors Light with ice”

Favorite TV Show? “Racing Recap Shows”

Favorite Vacation Spot? “Las Vegas”

Where would you want to go but haven't been? “Europe”

Perfect Day? “To be in Vegas, sleep late, have a nice breakfast, read the newspaper, go to the Race Book, sit around the hotel pool, go to Michael’s Restaurant in the Barbary Coast Hotel for dinner and end the day winning in the Casino”

What 2 things can you live without? “Slow horses and cold weather“

Indulgence? “Eating”

Favorite Movie? “Titanic”

If a Movie was made about you, what would be the name of the movie and which actor would play you? “The movie would be The Sting and Bruce Willis would play me”

Hobbies? “None, don’t have time for any”

The last thing you bought? “A cup of coffee at the Belmont Park Track Kitchen”

First Job? “Waiting tables at a coffee shop in Roslyn on weekends”

One Word to Describe Your Life? “Fulfilled”

Your Introduction to Horse Racing? “My father, who was a horseplayer at the time, used to take me to Aqueduct. Then later I got my first job on the track with trainer John Campo and after that I worked for John Russell. I went out on my own in 1979”

Best Horse Race You Ever Saw? “Forego winning the Marlboro Cup ”

Best Horse? “Secretariat and Seattle Slew”

First horse purchased? “The first I trained was I’m It

Best horse you've trained? “Favorite would be Cayote Lakes who I trained to win the Gallant Fox Handicap three years in a row”

What Aspect of Racing Appeals to you the Most? “Watching and /or winning Stake Races”

Favorite Racetrack? “Saratoga”

Favorite Racetrack Story? “Don’t think I should talk about it here"

Words of Wisdom to Horse Owners? “Patience”

Who is Your Favorite Quindecim partner and Why? “Bill Hirsch, because of all my owners- and I have about 35 of them- he is the first to pay the monthly training bills”


Bruce relaxes at his Saratoga headquarters


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