Steve talks about his approach to training
Steve Klesaris is a lifelong horseman who grew up on the backstretch as the son of trainer Peter Klesaris. Originally from Boston, Steve and his older brother Robert drew inspiration learning from their father.
Steve saddled his first winner, Stronger, at age 18. He started assisting his brother, Robert, in training horses at Garden State Park. He trained Passing Ships to victory in the 1990 Kings Cup in Saudi Arabia and then went on to work for Richard Migliore and Herb McCauley from 1992-95.
Klesaris came back to the trainers' ranks in September 1995. He earned success upon his return, winning the 1995 Hawthorne Gold Cup and Gallant Fox Handicap with Yourmissinthepoint. With over $50 million in career earnings, Steve and his team boast a 53% in-the-money figure, including 17 graded stakes wins.
His most successful horse to-date is Miraculous Miss with career earnings over $1 million, including a 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, and wins in the G2 Forward Gal and Comely Stakes. His G1 winners Sky Diva and Mani Bhavan top the list of a number of other graded stakes winners.
He and his wife Lillian operate barns out of two locations, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida and Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
Immediately following high school graduation, Lillian began breaking young horses for Tartan Farm in Ocala. From there, she moved on to the racetrack to work for William Perry and then 11 years with Bob Klesaris. She has traveled to Saudi Arabia with Passing Ships and was the first female permitted to gallop and prepare a horse for The Kings Cup (which he won). Steve Klesaris and Lillian opened their own training operation in 1995 and have had the fortune of campaigning some very nice horses in addition to traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad.