Tyler George earned his first leading trainer title in 2020 and hasn’t been defeated since, earning his fourth consecutive award to close out the 2023 racing season Saturday, Dec. 9 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.. The Ohio native won 108 races, nine ahead of second place finisher Erv Miller with 134 less starts.
Horses from the George Stable kept up a 32 percent win average with a UTRS (Universal Trainers Rading System) average of .463. Both percentages are the highest of any other trainer in the top 25. Overall, earnings from his barn topped $1.6 million, which was ranked fourth among all trainers. The Ron Burke Stable had the highest earnings bankroll of $3.3 million followed by Erv Miller ($2 million), and Missy Essig ($1.8 million).
Following George and Miller, the other top trainers of the meet included Jeff Cullipher and Missy Essig, tied for third with 79 wins apiece. Trent Stohler finished fifth with 65 wins.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” George noted in a Harrah’s Hoosier Park press release. “We have a great team. It really is a team effort, and we are fortunate to have some great horses. We didn’t really have our eye on winning the title again this year. But, we kept getting closer and closer and the horses kept racing good all season. We had a good year and are already looking forward to next year.”
George had many standouts during the season including upper conditioned pacer General Dolan and Indiana Sires Stakes contenders Tell’s On a Roll and Rollin Rosie, who each won seven races during the meet. But one of the most impressive from his shedrow was the meet’s top horse, Mull of Kintyre, a four-year-old son of Well Said that had 13 wins and finished out the meet on a 10-race win streak.
Only a trainer since 2004, George now has 1,575 career wins and more than $15 million in earnings through Dec. 11, 2023. His best year to date was 2016 when he won 190 races, but his best season in purses has been 2023 with more than $2.4 million accumulated during the year. He set the record for most wins in one season last year at 126, breaking the previous record of 119 shared by his 2021 tally and Jeff Cullipher, who earned that record in 2018.
George and his wife, Cassie, a native of Canada, work side by side in the barn and share the success of the stable.