Tom Proctor
Trainer Bios

Tom Proctor

Born: April 21, 1956 in Gilmer, Texas

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 55

Stakes Wins: 5

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 1994 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs with One Dreamer

First Stakes Win: 1978 Graduation at Hollywood Park with I’m Smokin

First Graded Stakes Win: 1990 Sorority (G3) at Monmouth with Good Potential

First Career Win: July 16, 1978, at Hollywood Park with I’m Smokin

At Keeneland

Won first Keeneland race during the 1988 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1988 Phoenix with Carload.

Won the 2007 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) with Purim. Other stakes wins were the 2008 Buffalo Trace Franklin County with Sly Storm; 2011 Bewitch (G3) with Keertana and 2017 Sycamore (G3) with Big Bend.

His late father, Willard L. Proctor, was the leading trainer during the 1965 Spring and Fall meets. He won the 1964 Fayette with Swoonen; a division of the 1965 Ashland with Bright Bauble; and the 1965 Ben Ali and Phoenix with Gallant Romeo.


Breeders' Cup win: 1994 Distaff with 47-1 longshot One Dreamer.

North American career earnings exceed $52 million with 1,353 wins through Aug, 10, 2020.

Posted career win No. 1,000 on Jan. 4, 2014, when he won the eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs with Avanzare.

Proctor trained One Dreamer and numerous stakes winners for Glen Hill Farm, founded by Leonard Lavin and is now operated by Lavin’s grandson Craig Bernick.

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Tom started his career in Thoroughbred racing as a groom for his father, noted trainer Willard Proctor. He began training in 1978.

As Keeneland prepared to celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2011 Fall Meet, Tom was asked about his memories of being at the track:

“What I really remember about Keeneland is my father being there, training for J. Graham Brown in the 60s,” he said. “In ‘65 in April, I don’t remember how many stakes he won there but he won quite a few there at Keeneland – one of them being Gallant Romeo winning the Phoenix Handicap. And then I won the Phoenix Handicap (23) years later (with Carload). If Dad wins a stake and I win a stake, I put the pictures together. (That’s happened) a little more than you think.”

The elder Proctor died in 1998 at age 82.