Ben Root

Birth Date: April 15, 1977
Birth Place: Ames, Iowa

2010/11 Statisitics

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Winning % % In the Money
166  38 21 28 23 52


First Win: 1999 at Portland Meadows, but I can't remember the name of the horse, is that bad?  (Answer..yes  it is bad)

Biggest Win(s):  2011 OTOBA Thoroughbred Derby with Shamundi

Favorite Horse:  One Fast Cowgirl, Jimbos Fire Ant, My Emy My Amy, Little Cutie, Forty Dates, Revillew Slew

Favorite Sport other than Horse Racing:  OSU Beaver Football, Trailblazer Basketball

Favorite Restaurant:  Portland City Grill

Favorite Music:   Country, Classic Rock, and Sports and Political Talk shows

Spouse:  Engaged to Jen Wagner

Children:  To be Stepfather to Zach--8 and daughter Alex--5

Favorite Part of Portland Meadows: PM is close to home, i'm proud to be part of promotions, group tours, and educational events to promote the public about the sport of kings

Heroes in Horse Racing:  My father Jack Root, as well as trainers like Junior Coffey, Pat Mullens, Richard Wright and many other Emerald Downs old timers who let me stand with them and ask them questions every morning when I first started out. 

Superstitions before a race: Just a quick moment alone to ask that all the horses and riders come back safe.

Which does Ben like more?

Closer or Speed Horse:  Speed Horse
Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred: Thoroughbred
Route or Sprint:   Route
Rail or Outside:  Outside
Coke or Pepsi:  Coke
Seattle or Portland:  Portland
Beer, Wine or Whiskey:  Beer and Whiskey
Candy or Chocolate:  Sour Patch Kids! (Big Sweet Tooth)
Country or Rock and Roll:  Country
Car or Truck:  Truck
McDonalds or Burger King:  McDonalds
Beef, Chicken, or Pork:  Beef