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Forsman & Baker Celebrate Record Season
Champion New Zealand trainers Andrew Forsman and Murray Baker have continued to re-write the record books in 2017-18, setting new standards for winners in a season, stakes won in a season and stakes races won in a season, reports NZ Racing Desk. Following on from last season's premiership-winning tally of 107 wins and earnings of $2.92 million, Baker & Forsman prepared 142 winners to break their own national record of 114 set in 2014-15. The Cambridge horsemen trained 20 stakes winners with the stable earning $4,478,405 which surpassed Mark Walker's previous record of $3,711,249 set in 2008-09. "We've got a good core group of senior staff that are passionate about what we do and love their job," said Forsman. "In a perfect world and with racing in a healthier state, they would be earning a lot more than they are, but they love what they do and they are a big part of our success." Forsman added: "I was quietly confident we'd break our existing record, just with the numbers we had heading into the season and the quality of the horses coming through. We never had a quiet patch. We were able to keep the momentum up the whole season which has been a highlight in itself," he said.