Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Peter Eurton is a familiar sight in the early mornings at Santa Anita, where he can usually be spotted training on horseback. Eurton has been a Thoroughbred trainer in California since 1985.
Born in Alhambra, Calif. in 1957, Eurton actually began his racing career as a jockey. At 16 he went to work for his stepfather, trainer Steve Ippolito, then attended Rex Ellsworth's jockey school. Ellsworth, who was the owner and breeder of the champion Swaps, had established the jockey school in Chino, Calif., and among its early graduates was the legendary Willie Shoemaker.
Among the stakes horses conditioned by Eurton are Masterpiece (Arg), Cee Dreams, Star Nicholas, and She's Cheeky. His other notable runners include Euroglide, Angel Eyed, Tidal Dance, Areutrue, Ashley's Cutie, and Burna Dette.
Eurton currently resides in Laverne, Calif. with his wife of 25 years, Lisa.