Our Trainers


Donna Bireta
Finger Lakes Trainer

Donna serves as the primary trainer at Finger Lakes for Blue Duck Racing Stable. In 2017, horses trained by Donna for BDRS earned over $50,000.

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Currently Training: She My Trap Queen, Benny and Alex, Big Hay Alice.


Ray Handal
NY Circuit Trainer

Ray joined BDRS in 2018 with the claim of Calculated Risker. Ray will serve as BDRS primary claiming trainer going forward.

Equibase
Currently Training: Calculated Risker


Linda Rice
NY Circuit Trainer

Ray joined BDRS in 2017. Linda is currently training 2 BDRS horses and will serve as primary sales advisor and train our younger acquisitions.

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Currently Training: Triangulate, 2 Year Old filly by Take Charge Indy


Gary ContessaGary Contessa
NY Circuit Trainer

Gary has previously trained several BDRS horses and will serve as trainer of some future BDRS claiming horses. Gary assisted in the acquisition of our first horse – She My Trap Queen.

One of the top trainers in the United States in earnings and wins in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Single-season record for most wins ever in New York with 159. Earnings of over $5.4 million in 2006, $7.9 million in 2007; $7.4 million in 2008 and $4.5 million in 2009. New York Racing Association, Trainer of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. (Source)

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Currently Training: None
Previously Trained: She My Trap Queen, Big Hay Alice, Dream Man, Wireless Future, Ghareeb, Calculated Risker, Sweetrayofsunshine, Going Strong.


Gayle Woods

Gayle Woods
Yearling Training & Development, Sales Advisor

Gayle oversees the Training & Development of Blue Duck Racing Stable yearlings. Gayle also serves as a sales advisor to Blue Duck Racing, and assisted in the purchase of our Catienus / Risky Kitten filly in August 2014.

Gayle Woods Training is a full service breaking and training facility. Each year we accept young horses into the program and prepare them to be successful athletes. Providing them with the most sophisticated care and training available, our regime and personal attention includes daily professionally assessment of each prospect. Our methods are tried and true and horses leave ready to race at their highest potential. Maintaining close communication with our clients is paramount.

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Currently Training: None
Previously Trained: Big Hay