Trainer Genevieve Londono hopes for career milestone in NYSSS Great White Way

December 13, 2021

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Genevieve Londono will be crossing her fingers for the biggest win of her career when juvenile Stirdatpot starts in Saturday’s NYSSS Great White Way. Contested at six furlongs over Aqueduct’s main track, the Great White Way offers a purse of $500,000 as part of the New York Stallion Stakes Series for eligible state-sired 2-year-olds. 

Londono, who left a career as a vet tech to pursue training, has a long history in the equine world – her father was a rider and her mother runs a breeding operation. After starting her training ventures as an assistant to Wayne Catalano, Mike Maker, Michael Trombetta, and a few others, Londono went out on her own five years ago.

“I never really wanted to be a trainer; it was never really my goal,” said Londono. “I actually had wanted to be a vet. But after working around the horses with my parents and then working as an assistant to other trainers, I asked, ‘why can’t I do it myself?’”

Londono, based at Churchill Downs, currently trains five horses and exercises them in the mornings, preferring to be hands on with each of her trainees. Starters for Londono have finished on the board at a 51 percent clip for a career record of 96-14-18-17 and nearly $600,000 in earnings. 

Cash Logistics, a gelding by Unbridled Express, is the top performer from Londono’s barn, awarding Londono the first stakes victory of her career when he won Indiana Grand’s Sagamore Sired in 2020. 

Stirdatpot, who finished second on debut at Churchill last time out sprinting 5 1/2-furlongs over a muddy track on November 14, will be the second stakes starter for Londono.

Bred in Florida by Londono and co-owner Charlie Hancock, Stirdatpot is a son of 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Trinniberg, who stood in the Empire State for five seasons. 

As a registered Florida-bred with a qualifying New York sire, Stirdatpot is eligible for a wide array of conditions in both Florida and New York, an opportunity Londono says she would not have in many jurisdictions. 

“We chose to nominate to the Stallion Series to give us some options going forward,” Londono said. “The purse is great, and we know the kind of competition we are getting into.”

Now with Stirdatpot awaiting a run at the biggest race of her career, Londono said she is eager to see how the colt stands up against fellow New York-sired competition. 

“It’ definitely nerve-wracking,” said Londono. “But I’m excited for it. This would be huge to win. He showed enough in his first start to make me think he’ll do well here. I’m having the best year of my career so far and I hope we can continue that in this spot.” 

NYRA Press Office

Photo: Genevieve Londono (Coady Photography)

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