MONKTON, Md.--Jack Fisher,57, a steeplechase trainer from Monkton, who was born and raised in Unionville, Pa., has been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and will be inducted in a ceremony in Saratoga on Aug. 6.
"This is kind of the pinnacle of a career, I think I'll just quit now," said Fisher, who is already leading in both Trainer, Races Won and by a huge amount in Trainer Money Won in this year's standings and has at least one potential Eclipse Award 2021 winner in Snap Decision.
Also elected this year are America Pharoah, who won racing's Triple Crown, and Todd Pletcher, who has won seven Eclipse Awards as a flat trainer.
"It's a great honor," said Fisher."When I think of the names of those in the Hall of Fame, and then I think of Todd, he's won over 700 races and has 119 G1 winners."
Fisher said that he owed a lot of it to Call Louis, Woody Boy Would and Saluter, who helped start his winning career.
Fisher won his first race as a trainer with Call Louis in 1988, and Call Louis went on to win a number of allowance races as well as winning the Virginia Gold Cup in 1989.
"Call Louis was a poor flat horse and a mediocre hurdle horse, but then he won seven in a row as a timber horse," said Fisher.
Fisher both trained and rode Mrs. Henry Stern's Saluter, who won 22 races, including winning the Virginia Gold Cup six times, from 1994 through 1999.
"YOU GET LUCKY with a couple of horses, and then people start sending you better horses," said Fisher. "I want to thank my wife Sheila, my family and all my staff. They all helped. It's not a one man job."
Fisher said that the first person that he learned from was his father also a trainer, Johnny Fisher, and then Mikey Smithwick and Tom Voss, both of whom were also previously elected to the Hall of Fame.
Fisher has won 13 leading trainer titles to date, beginning in 2003, and has won 593 steeplechase races and ranks second in all time earnings only to Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
Fisher has exceeded $1 million in earnings in one season five times, the only trainer to have done so even once.
Eclipse Award horses he has trained include Good Night Shirt, Scopiancer and Moscsto.
A few of the champions Fisher has trained include Bubble Economy, Charlie's Dewan, Gus's Boy, Two's Company and Sschoodic among others.
Most recently, Fisher has timber champion Doc Cebu, and he now has Snap Decision, who just won the G2 Temple Gwathmey.