Dale Bennett's training ability is innate. As the son of successful trainer Gerald Bennett, there was nothing else he wanted to do. Dale started working with horses at the tender age of six at his father’s horse farm near Ontario, Canada. The farm was a complete training facility with a training track, whirlpool and swimming pool and young Dale learned the proper way to care forand train horses.
After graduation, Bennett worked for his dad campaigning regularly at Michigan’s Detroit Race Course, Hialeah, GulfstreamPark, and Tampa Bay Downs in the winter. During that time, he progressed from hotwalker, to groom, to exercise rider. Then in 1998, Bennett earned his trainer’s license.
Starting with three horses in 2001, Bennett went to Arlington Park. Living in the dorm he did it all, from hotwalking to training.
His stable grew as well as his success. He credits much of his success to galloping his own horses and reading them well.
Bennett also credits his success to his partnership with his wife, Denise. A former jockey, Denise works with Dale 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as needed. Along with daughter, Donna and a handful of dogs (Peanut, Sadie, Buddy, Rock Von Googenheimer and Poochalay) the Bennett family call Schaumburg, Illinois home in the spring, summer and fall, while spending their winters in Tampa, Florida.
Bennett trains a diverse stable of horses, from claimers to stakes horses. He is as comfortable with one-horse owners, as he is with multiple-horse owners and partnerships.
The door to the barn is always open and he welcomes owners to stop by any time of the day.
His personal attention to each horse, and giving them the best of everything, allows Bennett to have the success he enjoys.