Phil Schoenthal is more than a Thoroughbred trainer in the Mid-Atlantic region. His operation manages racing partner- ships, provides for representation at auctions, plans broodmare matings, and assists with business planning and tax preparation.
Schoenthal, who won his first stakes as a trainer in 2003 with White Mountain Boy in the Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park, has trained for many owners over the years and has developed quality racehorses. One of them, the filly Miss Behaviour, was a multiple graded-stakes winner including the Grade 2 Matron Stakes in New York; she also finished second in the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Another of his trainees, the multiple stakes winner Sonny Inspired who became graded stakes-placed in the 2016 Grade 3 General George at Laurel, is closing is on $500,000 in earnings.
Schoenthal, who resides in Crownsville with his wife and three children, opened a public stable in 2004 and named his operation Kingdom Bloodstock to reflect a range of services. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor’s Degree.
Schoenthal said it’s extremely important the industry, including members of the MTHA, work to cultivate new owners and participate in programs that “help grow the game.” To that end, he was a speaker during Fantasy Owner’s Day at Laurel Park = and discussed ownership opportunities in Thoroughbred racing, and regularly hosts group tours and meet-and-greets at his barn for fans and prospective owners.
Schoenthal also is an advocate for equine safety and welfare initiatives – including improved maintenance of racing surfaces – and believes in strong aftercare programs to ensure racehorses are taken care of after their retirement.
“Maintaining the safest racetrack as possible ensures the long-term health and soundness of our equine athletes and also gives the owners the best chance possible to maximize their investments and have fun,” he said.
Schoenthal currently serves the MTHA board by administering the barn exam for aspiring trainers and assistant trainers, and was elected to his first term in 2017.