In August of 2011 Bjorn was granted a training license by Racing NSW and commenced Bjorn Baker Racing with only two boxes on-course at Warwick Farm. It was a tough introduction to the competitive Sydney training ranks with initial disappointment. However, showing the tenacity that would set him in good stead, Bjorn refocused himself and purchased a gelding, Sky Gaze, for $6,000 and on the 26th of September 2011 he provided Bjorn with his first winner as a sole trainer, taking out a 2000m race at Bathurst.
Through persistence and hard work which resulted in repeated success on the track, Bjorn has been able to grow the stable to incorporate 60 horse boxes with first class facilities. The rapid expansion of his stable from 2 to 60 boxes shows Sydney owners (always quick to back a winner) have thrown their support behind him. From his first two complete seasons in Australia, Bjorn has trained:
- Unencumbered – 1st Magic Millions 2yo Classic, Group 3 Bruce McLachlan Stakes and Wyong Magic Millions 2yo Classic
- Havana Rey – 1st Group 2 Ajax Stakes
- Twilight Royale – 1st Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes, 2012 Inglis Nursery and 2013 Inglis Premier
- Cantonese – 1st Listed Christmas Cup 2012
- Zaratone – 1st Listed Starlight Stakes 2013
- Fuerza – 2nd Group 1 Champagne Stakes and 2012 Inglis Nursery
some career highlights
Bjorn’s first foray with a horse to Australia when he accompanied Nom Du Jeu on his highly successful Autumn Carnival campaign, winning the AJC Derby at 40-1.
Training in his own right Bjorn wins The Uncle Tony's Christmas Cup with Cantonese
Entered into a training partnership with Murray Baker. In both the 2008/09 season and 2010/11 Baker Racing won more prize money than any other New Zealand based stable.
It’s A Dundeel, trained by Murray Baker and stabled with Bjorn, Wins his Triple Crown, (Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and ATC Derby) in the Autumn.
Lion Tamer won the prestigious VRC Derby. Bjorn remained in partnership with his father, Murray, for three seasons during which they won in excess of 30 Stake Races.
B.J. Mc Lachlan Stakes Gr3 - Unencumbered
Alemlube Starlight Stakes - Zaratone
Ajax Stakes Gr2 - Havana Rey
Henry Bucks Sires Produce Stks Gr2 - Twilight Royale
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