C.R. TROUT JOINS THE HALL OF FAME

 

EDMOND — C.R. Trout often recalls the days he spent going to the racetrack with his father nearly 30 years ago.

On Friday night, Trout will be recognized as one of Oklahoma's best horse trainers and breeders when he will be inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park.

Trout will be joined in the 2017 Hall of Fame class by jockey Luis Quinonez of Jones, trainer Joe Offolter of Blanchard and Tulsa broadcaster Chris Lincoln. Two racehorses, Caleb's Posse and She's All In, also will be inducted.

They will be the first new members inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame in five years.

Trout has won 195 races as an owner with total earnings of more than $6.8 million. His favorite horse, Shotgun Kowboy, won the Oklahoma Derby in 2015 and was named Oklahoma Horse of the Year.

“C.R. Trout has always had a horse-racing operation based on high-quality horses, over a high quantity of horses," said Dale Day, longtime track announcer at Remington Park.

"He has kept a strong band of broodmares who tend to produce constant winners for him. The process has been highly successful for Trout as he has won just about every stakes race offered at Remington Park, including the 2015 Oklahoma Derby with Shotgun Kowboy and numerous Oklahoma Classics stakes races."

In 1988, Trout left his job as a grocer and began a career of raising, racing and selling thoroughbred horses with his wife of 48 years, Arleta Trout.

“Since then, I have not missed a year,” said Trout, 72.

“It is in his blood to be around those horses,” said Arleta Trout, who has the job of naming the horses.

With barns full of horses, C. R. Trout said there is a sense of family at Remington Park with everyone doing something they enjoy.

"You have to like getting up early and getting to the track,” Trout said, who arrives around 6 a.m. every day to Remington Park. “If you ever cease to be excited about a race, you have to get out. It has to be fun.”

Over the years, Trout has learned that patience is one of the greatest attributes in horse racing.

He is tied for second in all-time Oklahoma Classics victories with 11 and has won the Classics Cup, the top stakes race in the series, four of the past five seasons. Shotgun Kowboy won a pair of Classics Cups.

“When you are young, you are in a hurry — hustling and a bustling and stuff like that — but you cannot do that with them. You have to let them mature,” Trout said.

Currently, Trout stables 11 horses at Remington Park that compete during the thoroughbred season from September through December.

Taking care of the horses is a full-time job for Trout and his multiple employees. He has 52 horses; most are at his ranch in north Edmond.

He began with only a few horses and a passion for horse racing that his father instilled in him when they would go to the racetrack in Raton, New Mexico.

The town with fewer than 7,000 people on Interstate 25 is where the two would spend countless hours watching the action-packed sport.

“It just got in my blood that I too enjoyed it, not just being with him but also the horse,” Trout said.

While none of Trout's children have shown an interest in the family business, he said his grandson, 13-year-old Gage Gilchrist, likes horses but is many years away from being able to own them.

“You cannot tell,” he said. “I would hate for a young person to start out in this. I want all of my boys to go to college and get an education.”

On Friday night, Trout will be honored for his achievements in the sport.

“It is so humbling to win this award because it is given to you by your peers,” he said.