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Mercury Equine Center

The Mercury Team

Eric and his wife Margaret won the Kentucky Derby 2023, and are the owners of the Mercury Equine Center. Eric is a lifetime horseman from a family of horsemen. His father Herbert trained for over 40 years, apprenticing under the guidance of Mack Miller. Eric has trained since 1983 and has grown up with horses his entire life. In 1986 Native Drummer provided Eric his first stakes win in the Forego Stakes at Latonia. He continues his success at tracks across the country. Highlights from his career as a trainer include winning the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland with Satan’s Quick Chick in 2009 and coming within a neck of beating Zenyatta with the filly, Rinterval in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) in 2010.

Eric's daughter Lindsy Reed is involved in the family business as one of the managers at Mercury. Grandparents Herbert and Glenna Reed live nearby and they, along with a menagerie of pets, call Versailles home.

Even the most sophisticated facility is only as good as the people who work there. A good relationship between your horse and the individuals handling your horse establishes trust and sets the tone for all future endeavors. We are proud of the long association with many of our staff. The Mercury Team consists of a talented group of assistant trainers, exercise riders, jockeys, grooms, and hot walkers. We have a groundskeeper, van drivers, and staff on the premises 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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