Congratulations to Cindy Hutter, one of three finalists in the Leadership Award in Racing category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. Currently assistant trainer at George Weaver Racing, whose principal also happens to be her husband, Hutter grew up in Pennsylvania and knew from about the time she was 15 that she wanted a life with horses. One of her earliest employers was Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, whom she stayed with for eight years until leaving with Todd Pletcher to become his assistant trainer when he went out on his own. Hutter has been in the industry for 35 years.
“I have so much respect for her,” said Weaver’s assistant at Belmont, Blair Golen. “She would never ask you to do something that she wouldn’t do herself. She expects the best from us every day, but that is because she gives her best every day.”
Click for the video feature on Hutter done by TIEA.
Other finalists for the Leadership Award in Racing are Carmen McShane of D/M Racing and Roy Smith of Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, who will be recognized on these pages tomorrow. The Leadership Award in Racing is presented annually to an individual who is part of a Thoroughbred racing stable in a managerial or supervisory role and displays exceptional leadership qualities.
A total of seven award categories will be honored by TIEA for 2020. Maria Cristina Silva of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) has already been announced as the winner of the Community Award, while the winners in the other categories will be announced live in a virtual ceremony hosted by Jill Byrne and streamed at the TDN homepage Thursday, Nov. 5, at 12:00 p.m. ET. All finalists will be spotlighted in TDN in the days leading up to the ceremony.