DENNIS EKINS PROFILE

DENNIS EKINS

Family: Wife, Vandi. Son, Robbie
Residence: Westminster, California

Top Career Moments:

- Won the 2005 Governor's Cup Futurity with Finding Nemo

- Won the 2005 PCQHRA Fut with Finding Nemo
- Won the Los Alamitos Million, Golden State Million, and Governor's Cup Futurity with champion 2-year-old Ocean Runaway in 2004.
- Won the Ford Challenge Championship and Ford California Challenge with Dash On A Mission in '04.
- Won the Golden State Derby and Governor's Cup Derby with Not For Long in 2004.
- Saddled Sterling Sport to wins in the MD Barns Distance Challenge and NM Distance Challenge in 2003 and the California Distance Challenge, Bull Rastus and Pat Hyland handicaps in 2002.
- Won the American Airlines California Challenge with Jamboree Time in 1998.
- Won the Los Alamitos Derby with Waverino in 1992. 
- Won the Vandy's Flash Handicap with Zesty Re Run in 1991.
- Won the California Sires Cup and Governor's Cup derbies with Tolls Touch in 1991.
- Won the Las Damas Handicap with Dashin Dee Dee in 1991.
- Won the El Primero Del Ano and Golden State derbies with Tolltac in 1984.
- Won the Bay Meadows, Kindergarten and Golden State futurities with Tolltac in 1983.

Career Profile: What a year it was for Denny Ekins in 2004.  In addition to millionaire champion Ocean Runaway, the trainer also saddled Legacy Ranch's Not For Long to victories in both the Governor's Cup Derby and Grade 1 Golden State Derby. He also beat the highly regarded Azoom in the Grade 1 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship at Sam Houston Race Park with Dash On A Mission. "Our owners  backed us by providing us with some outstanding horses," Denny said. "I felt fortunate to be able to repay them. The owners mean the world to us. My family, my wife Vandi, and my son, Robbie, they also deserve a lot of credit. The patience and understanding they've had while I've tracked these horses all over the country has helped me immensely." Denny's effort landed him the PCQHRA Trainer Special Achievement Award in 2004. Denny is best known for training standout Tolltac, one of the best  sprinters in Quarter Horse racing history. Tolltac won the Bay Meadows, Kindergarten and Golden State futurities in 1983 and the El Primero Del Ano and Golden State derbies in 1984.

Ekins looks back at those years with great pleasure while remaining excited about the future in Quarter Horse racing. Los Al is the best place to race. I've been here for 23 years and this is the only place that I want to be. My family is here and I couldn't think about racing anywhere else. His son, Robbie, 19, is getting more and more into the business, something that brings great pleasure to the veteran trainer. Robbie has a lot of other activities going on. But he enjoys coming out to the track and helping me run the business. He's learning more and more about the sport and getting more knowledgeable every day. He seems to enjoy Quarter Horse racing and I'm very proud to see him take interest in the sport.