Born: April 21, 1956 in Gilmer, Texas
Residence: Louisville, KY and Oldsmar, FL
Family: children Willard and Heather
Public trainer Tom Proctor ranks among the nation’s top trainers by earnings - 32nd in 2012, 26th in 2013, 29th in 2014, 31st in 2015, 61st in 2016, and 43rd in 2017. He has won 1,335 races in his career (as of 9.3.19), one which began, officially, when he took out his trainers license in 1978. Proctor is the son of the late Willard Proctor, a renowned trainer, and he is from a true racing family. Father and son trained for many years for Leonard Lavin's Glen Hill Farm, and Tom continues to do so. Tom's brother, Hap, managed the 325-acre Glen Hill Farm in Ocala, FL, until 2011. His uncles, Jack Proctor, ran their family farm in Texas, and Allen Proctor, managed Glen Hill until 1991.
The relationship between the Proctor family and Glen Hill has been, and continues to be, a strong one. First father Willard, and then Tom, were private trainers for Glen Hill, until Tom went public in 2005. He continues to train for them, their horses making up approximately 40% of the stable. They won their first Breeders' Cup race together, the Distaff with One Dreamer in 1994.
It has been said through the years that he has often duplicated his father by winning the same stakes races, “Something I do is if Dad’s won a stakes and I win the same stakes I put the pictures together. That’s happened a little more than you might think.”
His first winner was I'm Smokin, whom he considers the fastest he has ever trained. The California-bred sprinter won 14 of 44 career starts, including three stakes, and earned $326,395. He was good enough to have a $100,000 race for 2-year-olds named after him at Del Mar.
2019 Stakes Winners Include: Caribou Club (G3 Joe Hernandez S., Speaker's Cup S.)
2018 Stakes Winners Include: Cambodia (G2 Yellow Ribbon Hcp.), Caribou Club (G2 Connaught Cup, G2 Seabiscuit Hcp), Chicago Style (G2 Hollywood Turf Cup S.), Compelled (Mardi Gras S.), Creative Thinking (Keertana S.), Proud Reunion (Jersey Lily Turf S.)
2017 Stakes Winners include: Family Meeting (Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf, Pleasant Acres Stallions Distaff Turf Stakes), Hip Hop n Jazz (Houston Distaff S.), Cambodia (G3 Gallorette S.,G2 Yellow Ribbon Hcp, G2 John C. Mabee, 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf), Deer Valley (Crank it Up S.), Great Soul (Mrs. Penny S.), Big Bend (G3 Sycamore S., Dueling Grounds Derby).
2016 Stakes Winners include: Savings Account (Esplanade S., Treasure Chest S.), Coco as in Chanel (Stormy Blues S.), Caribou Club (Laurel Futurity), Compelled (Juvenile Filly Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park West).
2015 Stakes winners include: Avanzare (G2 Arcadia Stakes, G2 Del Mar Mile), Diversy Harbor (G2 Buena Vista), Include Betty (G1 Mother Goose Stakes, G3 Fantasy Stakes, Remington Park Oaks, Suncoast Stakes), Ceisteach (G3 Robert G. Memorial Stakes, Keertana Stakes), Theatre Star (Justakiss Stakes), Old Time Hockey (Tampa Turf Classic Stakes), Chiropractor (G1 Hollywood Derby), Family Meeting (G3 Jimmy Durante Stakes).
2014 Stakes Winners include: Pontchatrain (Monrovia Stakes (G2), Buena Vista Stakes (G2)), Customer Base (Robert J. Frankel Stakes (G3)), Global View (American Turf Stakes (G2)); Enterprising (Pasadena Stakes, Oceanside Stakes, La Jolla Hcp (G3)), Avanzare (Washington Park Hcp (G3)), Sistas Stroll (Pucker Up Stakes (G3)); in 2013 include: Marketing Mix (Gamely Hcp (G1), Sunset Hcp (G3)), Temeraine (Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (G3)); Wishing Gate (San Clemente Hcp (G2), Autumn Miss Stakes (G3)), Pontchatrain (Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (G3)), Global View (Generous Stakes (G3)), Customer Base (Robert J Frankel Stakes (G3)); and in 2012 include Pataky Kid (Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3)); Old Time Hockey (La Jolla Handicap (G2)); Marketing Mix (Dance Smartly (G2); Rodeo Drive (G1)); and Snow Top Mountain (All Along (G3)).
He is probably best known for his work with 1994 Breeder's Cup Distaff winner One Dreamer for Glen Hill Farm. He made his sixth appearance in the 2013 Breeder's Cup with a 5th place finish by Marketing Mix in the G1 F&M Turf, and a 6th place finish by Old Time Hockey in the G2 Marathon. In the 2012 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park with Marketing Mix, finished 2nd in the Filly & Mare Turf; started two horses in the 2011 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, Broken Dreams in the Turf Sprint (13th), Customer Base in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (11th); started two runners in 2010, Keertana, Filly & Mare Turf (3rd) and Banned, Juvenile Turf (5th).
His graded stakes winners throughout the years include Banned, Broken Dreams, Caribou Club, Marketing Mix, Keertana, Dilemma, No Inflation, Closeout, Purim, Temeraine, Wishing Gate, Enterprising, Customer Base, Global View, Chiropractor, Chicago Style, Family Meeting, Avanzare, Sistas Stroll, Diversy Harbor, Big Bend, Include Betty, Old Time Hockey, Pontchatrain, Pataky Kid, Cambodia, Snowtop Mountain, Ceisteach, Cryptoquip, Rich in Spirit, Indy Groove, Bonus Pack, Openstock, Concept Win, One Dreamer, Split Run, and Good Potential.