Female Thoroughbred Trainer
Who is Jena Antonucci
I didn’t pick them, they picked me. For that, I’m grateful. I grew up riding horses from the age of three and began competing and training show horses throughout childhood, into my teens and early adulthood. On the journey to better understand horses and the retraining process, I shifted gears and found an opportunity at one of the best breaking and training programs for Thoroughbreds and relocated to Ocala, Florida.
Learned from the Best
I had the honor of working under the D. Wayne Lukas program at Padua Stables breaking and training Thoroughbreds. The knowledge I gained there allowed me to evolve my training skillset and further apply it to the off-the-track training program at the farm. After that experience,
I then worked as an equine veterinary assistant for four and a half years, giving me another perspective on horses and their health.
I opened my own business, Bella Inizio Farm, where I initially cared for broodmares, foals, weanlings, and yearlings before moving into rehabilitating Thoroughbreds to return to racing.
“The answer is already within each horse…it’s up to us to listen.”
Training with Instinct and Talent
I have a passion and instinct for training and my career is fully focused on developing racehorses. I possess a unique set of horsemanship skills and my career is constantly evolving so both the horses and I continue to grow and thrive. Upon receiving a horse, I work with each one to learn their language and encourage them to develop to their highest potential.
Statistics Aren’t the Only Indicator of Success
I earned my public training license in 2010 and quickly earned my first win on March 7, 2010, at Tampa Bay Downs. I’ve continued to build off that success over the last decade which initially allowed me to take the big jump into the deep waters of New York Racing. Since then, our program has grown and we allow the horses to dictate where we run and compete.
My goal is always to connect with the horses and that experience has been honed over many years. As a woman in a predominantly male-driven industry, it’s easy to feel like my success is always under a microscope. But I’ve exceeded expectations. In a very short amount of time, I’ve earned several stakes wins and I continue to earn the respect of fellow horsemen and industry insiders.
I keep an open-door policy for owners as I continue to build a team and a family environment. This is the foundation for my growth and it allows me to maintain a consistent string of great horses, no matter where they’re racing.
A New Era for Women in Racing
I know the industry is evolving and women are taking on new positions, which can only improve everyone’s experience. I want to be a force for that change and help move training in the right direction where anyone with the skills, talent, and love for the hoses can excel and achieve.
If I am your trainer, you can feel confident that my life-long background in working with and developing horses and my love for the sport will be the right combination to achieve the success for you and your racehorse.
I’m Jena Antonucci
I keep an open-door policy for owners as I continue to build a team and family environment which has been the foundation for this growth allowing me to maintain a consistent string of horses no matter where the team is racing.