Mike Lauer, a Hamilton native, was honored for his 1,000th career training victory at Indiana Grand. He was joined by jockey Declan Cannon, who guided Miracles Take Time to the win. Racing analyst Rachel McLaughlin made the presentation.

Hamilton native scores 1,000th win as horse trainer

It’s symbolic the horse that gave trainer Mike Lauer his 1,000th career win recently is named Miracles Take Time.

Lauer, 67, a Hamilton native, has been in the horse racing business for most of his life since his father, also a trainer, introduced him to the sport. So after nearly 50 years around horses, Lauer won his 1,000th career race when Miracles Take Time, a 3-year-old filly, won at Indiana Grand.

He called the career milestone “a great achievement” for the entire racing team.

“That’s a lot of wins,” he said during a phone interview with the Journal-News.

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Those on the Lauer team probably wondered when the 1,000th win would happen. After recording his 999th career win, Lauer’s horses had four second-place finishes.

Miracles Take Time, owned by Lauer’s wife, Penny, was ridden to the four-length victory by jockey Declan Cannon.

Ironically, Penny Lauer wasn’t at the track for the historic win because she was at the family’s 130-acre farm in Finchville, Ky., caring for some sick foals. She watched the race on a horse racing network and she said was “glad it finally happened” after four near-misses.

“It was good to get over the hump,” she said. “A big accomplishment. I’m glad to see him get it.”

The Lauers seem destined for continued racing success.

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Lauer, a 1969 Hamilton Taft graduate, is Indiana Grand’s all-time leading stakes winning trainer. He has 32 career stakes victories in Indiana and is among the state’s all-time Top 10 leading trainers. He has 19 wins in 105 starts and $636,000 in purse earnings so far this year.

Lifetime, he has had 7,754 starts, 1,011 wins, 941 seconds, 1,040 thirds and earnings of $22,271,050.

His wife is among the track’s Top 5 leading owners.

After high school, Lauer attended The Ohio State University and continued spending his summers working at tracks throughout the United States. He graduated from Ohio State with a degree in arts and sciences then gravitated back to horse racing.

“There is an adrenaline rush of winning,” he said. “It’s what I liked and what I knew.”

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