Ron Spatz, Thoroughbred Race Horse Trainer

Are you looking for a thoroughbred race horse trainer that believes in giving each horse the individual time and training it takes to make them a winner? 

Ron never stables more than 25 horses at a time, giving each animal the hands-on time and personal training they need. What more could you want in a qualified thoroughbred race horse trainer?

Ron has 25 stakes winners and stakes placed horses and a 20% strike rate at first time out.

Recent News

Assertiko displaying his professionalism!

Play Video

Last Leaf wins her third stake in a row and first out of town so Proud of her, Congrats to Monarch stable.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Last Leaf registered a convincing 3 1/2-length victory over her uncoupled stablemate, the 6-5 favorite Freedom Speaks, giving trainer Ron Spatz a sweep of the first two positions in Saturday’s $75,000 Game Face Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Last Leaf, far and away the more experienced and accomplished of the Spatz duo, rated off the early leaders under regular rider Miguel Vasquez. The versatile and graded stakes-placed 3-year-old filly rallied three wide to stick her head in front approaching the stretch, and turned back a bid from Freedom Speaks turning for home before readily increasing her advantage to the wire.  Read More->

Lauren King

Last Leaf sped to her third stakes victory of the year when drawing clear by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday in the $75,000 Azalea Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Miguel Vasquez, the leading jockey at the ongoing spring-summer meet, gave a flawless ride when breaking from the outside post in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies aboard Last Leaf, who returned $5.80 as second choice when getting seven furlongs in 1:23.02 over a fast track. The daughter of Not This Time is trained by Ron Spatz for the Monarch Stables of Frank Bertolino.


Another great stakes win for Last Leaf very proud of her accomplishments!!

Happy to win for my good friend Tommy Fackler

I want to thank my partners Dave Romanik and Belinda Kitos { SCF } for their patience during the recovery time post-injury. Some might have given up as he took longer than expected to recover and get back to the winner’s circle!!

Last Leaf and Freedom Speaks run first and second in the game face stakes at Gulfstream Park!

Really like her style, first-out winner by American Freedom.

Love Her Lots gettin’ it done, Congrats to our little partnership.

Gulfstream Park Horse Trainer

Past the Wire Header

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Monarch Stables Inc.’s Last Leaf made a last-ditch surge along the inside rail to capture Saturday’s $75,000 Melody of Colors Stakes while returning to the five-furlong distance on turf for the first time since the daughter of Not This Time defeated colts in the Hollywood Beach at Gulfstream Park in December. Read More ->

Last Leaf

Last Leaf  has won both her Stakes Races at 5/8 on Turf.

A fun way to start off the day! First race winner Fishing For Fun.

Very proud of this girl, winner first time out at the difficult distance of 7/8

Inside the Backstretch interviews Ron Spatz.

Trainer Ronnie Spatz has dedicated his life to horses, spending over 40 years in the business. 

What a thriller, Hot Peppers winning her 3rd straight, Stakes company next!!!

Hot Peppers does it again! Congrats to her new owner, Michael Dubb.

Love Her Lots getting it done in her third lifetime start and her second time in the winner circle!

Hot Peppers sizzles today breaking her maiden by 14 1/2 Lengths, I have some happy clients after that performance!

Great start for new year, Marisa’s Mission takes the nightcap.

Bird Wildcat wins with Louis Saez after a troubled trip.

Tapeta Track no problem for Marisa!

Last Leaf Victorious In Hollywood Beach, Pro Quality Best In Wildcat Heir At Gulfstream
Press Release 9.25.2021

Best Horse Trainer
Last Leaf wins the Hollywood Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Ron Spatz admits he didn’t know how Monarch Stables Inc’s 2-year-old filly Last Leaf would handle the turf in Saturday’s $75,000 Hollywood Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. “My legs are tired. I’ve been doing a rain dance for three days,” said Spatz, whose filly won twice on the main track before facing colts and geldings in the Hollywood Beach. “They tell me top and bottom is good for [turf], but she has small feet so I really didn’t know.”
Continue Reading ->

Light Fury  comes through first time Tapeta and turned the tables on Vow me Now.

Last Leaf  beats males, first time turf in the Hollywood Beach Stakes. 

Ron Spatz, Thoroughbred Horse Trainer

Spotlight On: FHBPA Board Member Ron Spatz

When Ron Spatz found his first job at the racetrack, he was not in search of a career. Spatz was a typical 20-year-old on break from college, looking to make a little money and enjoy the Jersey Shore. Growing up in Union City, he’d always liked animals. “I’d bring home every pet I could find – dogs, cats, turtles, frogs,” he said. But he never expected the highlight of that summer vacation to be working with the horses.


“Something happened that summer,” he recalled. “Being around the horses, they just drew me in. I went back to school for a few months, but I knew that was not where I wanted to be. The racetrack, that was it for me. I’d found my niche.”


He left Monmouth College and an unfinished degree in business administration behind, and never looked back.


Spatz celebrates five decades in racing this year, the last four as a trainer in South Florida. He has spent the last five years dedicating his time and energy to the industry as a Board member of the Florida HBPA.


“I didn’t have a lot of interest in running for the Board, to be honest,” Spatz said. “I had friends who were on the Board, and there was a lot of dissension, a lot of conflict. But [then-Board member] Bill Kaplan came to me and said, ‘you’ve been in racing a long time, don’t you want to give something back?’ I thought about it, and I realized he had a point. I had more free time, so I talked myself into it.”

Spatz takes his role seriously.


Read More

Last Leaf got away from the gate much better today which resulted in this good-looking 10 and three-quarter length romp.

3rd winner in 2 days! DJ Federico’s Marisa’s Mission’s 2nd Win

Second win of the day! Congrats Monarch Stables on Rosy Apple’s maiden victory.

Started the day with a win congrats Kevin Dole on this exciting victor

Light Fury wins his second back-to-back and has 5 wins; 2 seconds, and 1 third in 9 turf starts!

Happy to win a race for the Federico’s. Our first one together.

Love this Filly, winner in her second start for Monarch Stables

What a great race for both horses in the seventh race today for the 1/2 punch. Wasdn’t sure who was going to win till close to the finish, very exciting!

I’ll Do It My Way another winner for Monarch Stables at Gulfstream Park.

First timer Flipping Fish gets it done for Monarch Stables

Perfectly ridden Little Bit Good
from last to first !!

I Get It gives Spatz a parting gift with Sanibel Island win

Mike Welsch Mar 31, 2021

I Get It wins the Sanibel Island Stakes at Gulfstream Park

Barbara D. LivingstonI Get It notched her first stakes win in last Saturday’s Sanibel Island at Gulfstream.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Despite sending out I Get It to register the most important victory of her career, a half-length decision over favored World Tour in Saturday’s Sanibel Island Stakes, trainer Ron Spatz had to say a sad good-bye to the big horse in his barn earlier this week. I Get It joined trainer Mark Casse’s stable, having been purchased privately by owner Gary Barber following her troubled fourth-place finish (placed third by disqualification) four weeks earlier in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride.

I Get It rallied from last in the Sanibel Island, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, to register her fifth win in nine career starts. She tipped her hand that she was sitting on that type of performance with her effort in the Herecomesthebride. I Get It was seemingly full of run under Miguel Vasquez before being forced to check sharply inside Spanish Loveaffair on the far turn of the Herecomesthebride, losing all chance. 

Spatz said he understands why I Get It has to move on. Read More ->

Very proud of I Get It winning her first stake race today from last to first for her new owner Gary Barber, she’s off to Keeneland for her next start and I predict she will be a graded stakes winner before long!

Gary Barber’s I Get It, last of eight early in Gulfstream’s $100,000 Sanibel Island Stakes, rallied wide down the stretch, took the lead a furlong from home and held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate World Tour (April ’20) to beat her by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the graded stakes placed 3-year-old filly by Get Stormy, trained by Ron Spatz, no 9-5-0-1 with $156,278 in earnings. Consigned by Kaisen Sales (Richard Kent), to the 2019 OBS October Yearling Sale, she was purchased by her trainer for $8,500.

Exponential’s first win for 2 first time owners!!

Couldn’t be there today but thrilled just the same for a Little Bit Good and Kevin Dole

Man of Vision winning for the 2nd time in January, great start in 2021 for him

First time out winner for Best a Luck Farm,

Congrats and thanx!

I Get It wins her 4th race in 7 starts, We Got this Stable is very proud of her!!

Man of Vision, gettin’ it done

Light Fury wins in a tight photo up the rail

Amazing win from a compromising post position, claimed as well, gonna miss this Horse. Ran him 5 times with 2 seconds and 2 Wins!

My first run with Light Fury, all the credit to Larry Pilotti who put in all the hard work having him in great condition!!

Spatz tries to close out his 40-year run at
Gulfstream Park West-Calder with a victory

Mike Welsch | Nov 26, 2020


race horse trainer

November 28th, 2020

That’s three in a row for I Get It, on to Gulf Stream Park next!

October 18th, 2020

I Get It beats the Boys  2nd win in a row, very proud of her progress!

race horse trainer

The FHBPA wishes to congratulate Trainer, and FHBPA Board Member, Ron Spatz on posting his 800th career win when his 2yo Filly “I Get It” bested the boys in last Sunday’s allowance race. Ron has amassed a record of 800-758-727 since he saddled winner #1 named Fast Change on 12/23/1982 at Calder.

Race horse trainer

We foster relationships between Florida horsemen, racing associations and government. More info:

October 9th, 2020

Little Bit Good won last season on the GPW turf and again this season!

October 8th, 2020

Rocket Joe flew home today on the GPW turf course

September 19th, 2020

Announcer Pete called it right!! Barn ten again!!

September 13th, 2020

Like You loved the lead today, knocks out his 4th win and 1st alw condition!!

August 28th, 2020

I Get It got the win today, congrats We Got This Stables

August 15th, 2020

Love seeing the hard trying Sky Chaser back in the winners circle!!

July 30th, 2020

This is the third time for Ron Spatz! He had a freshman Sire first horse to the races and first winner. The first one being ByeByeJ by Uncaptured, The second one Saint Michael by Handsome Mike, and now Savatiano by Prayer for Relief.

Related Article from BloodHorse

Prayer for Relief’s First Starter Becomes First Winner

Savatiano is the third winner out of the Imperialism mare Retsina.

Prayer for Relief

July 24th, 2020

Frank First guts out a nice win at GP  

July 24th, 2020

Second winner on the day, no words just happy, great ride from J Trejos for his 2nd on the day as well!!


July 3rd, 2020

Very proud of Assertiko today winning his third in a row and showing his ability to carry his speed at the 1 mile distance, congrats to the partners!!  

June 14th, 2020

Another fun Win with Frank First, winning for his owner “Frank Bertolino” on his birthday!!



June 7th, 2020

Barn 10 is Hot this week, congrats to Monarch Stable and my crew!!


June 3rd, 2020

Assertiko does it! This week keeps getting better. Congrats to the Partnership.

May 31st, 2020

Awesome Enough thought the grass was awesome today! 

May 9th, 2020

Assertiko beats Rivelli 3/5 favorite. 


April 30th, 2020

Sky Chaser wins her second in a row! Florida bred alw race at a mile.

April 5, 2020

Sky Chaser getting it done. Congrats Sundance Stable!

March 4, 2020

Like You seems to like the mile distance!

February 21, 2020

Put another maiden winner at Gulfstream Park, Monarch Stables Frank First ridden by Irad Ortiz!

February 14, 2020

I’ll Do It My Way breaks her maiden in a grass race at Gulfstream Park winning easily at odds of 16 to 1! 

Really fun race to watch!

December 29, 2019

Wasn’t a win but we sure are proud of Jack B. Winkle. He was so close after a long layoff.

Thoroughbred Winners

Currently Ron has over 784 career wins and made over 16 million in purse earnings. Some of his early successes include Carterista, a Florida bred Turf Champion, grass horse who won most of the major stake races in Florida, After the early successes of Carterista, whose career ended with 27 wins out of 102 starts included graded stakes wins.

First starter at GPW a winner, Frank Alone
Congrats Monarch stable!

race horse trainer
    • Redoubled Miss was another of Ron’s early successes. She had earnings of $629,839 and is a multiple Graded Stakes Place winner. She was retired at the end of her racing career to be a broodmare.
race horse trainer Ronnie Spatz

History of a Thoroughbred Race Horse Trainer, Ron Spatz

Ron started a summer job hot walking at Monmouth Park Racetrack. He then spent 4 years grooming and 6 years as an assistant to top trainers, Budd Lepman, and Hall of fame trainer, Jimmy Croll. After a 3 year stint as a Racing Official Ron took out his trainers license in 1981 and began, what has become, a successful training career.

race horse trainer

Individual Attention to Each Thoroughbred Horse

  • Ron recently attended the Ocala Breeders sales looking for young prospects. Ron’s passion is buying young horses and turning them into success stories. He enjoys working with young athletes and developing their potential.
  • His strong desire to personally serve his owners and give his attention to each individual horse is the root of his success.
  • Being a horse race horse trainer is all about winning races and keeping horses in the barn and the owners enjoying the business. 

The Passion of a Thoroughbred Race Horse Trainer

Some of his more recent successes include:

  • Art G is Back was a OBS April 2018, 2 yr old for $90,000 purchase. As of Sept. ’19 he’s had 11 starts, 4 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, for earnings of $235,655. He has 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in his last 5 stakes races.

  • Bye Bye J, a $21,000 OBS yearling purchase. She was Uncaptureds first starter and first winner. She won her first start and also became a stakes winner in her 2nd start. Check the article on Bye Bye J.

  • Mo Cash was a very interesting story. He was an 11,000 OBS June, 2016, 2 year old sale. He was also a multiple graded stakes winning, stakes placed horse.

  • That same week, St. Michael was the first runner and first time out winner for his sire, Handsome Mike.
Ron Spatz - Race Horse Trainer
Mo Cash

Some of Ron's Stakes Winning Horses

Here are some articles written about Ron’s winning horses after their win. 

Connect with Ron

Connect with a thoroughbred race horse trainer that creates winning horses.

About Ron Spatz

Ron believes there is nothing more important than the time spent with the horse and the experience he brings to the table. He never stables more than 25 horses at a time, giving each animal the hands-on time and personal training they need. What more could you want in a qualified thoroughbred race horse trainer?

Are you looking for a race horse trainer for your thoroughbred? If you’re looking for a trainer that spends time with the horses on  a daily basis, you’ll appreciate the personal care that Ron Spatz brings to training.

race horse trainer


Being a race horse trainer is all about winning races and keeping horses in the barn.

Ron knows that the more horse races you win, the more horses you get to train. Ron knows how to do both. After starting with just 2 horses he moved to 25 horses in his barn that he was training within 3 years.

Currently Ron has over 770 career wins and made over 16 million in purse earnings. Ron Spatz got his start back in 1971 while working a summer job in his college years. He gravitated towards what he loved and headed down to the race track and started walking horses.

Ron became a hot walker and then a groom. Ron spent 4 years grooming and another 6 years as an assistant to other trainers before setting out on his own. In 1981 he took out his trainer license and began a successful career.

He has found that, for his way of doing things, stabling no more than 25 horses is the ideal to allow for the hands-on training and detailed attention that he has become known for.