Trainer Jena Antonucci, who orchestrated the 2023 campaign of GI Belmont S. and GI Travers S. winner Arcangelo (Arrogate), will be presented with the Big Sport of Turfdom award by the Turf Publicists of America (TPA). The award, which recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing publicists, will be given to Antonucci at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program’s annual awards luncheon in Tucson Dec. 5.
Born in Hollywood, Florida, Antonucci, 47, was introduced to the hunter, jumper, and equitation disciplines as a child and was exposed to Thoroughbred racing by her grandparents, who owned racehorses in New York. After spending time retraining and developing off-the-track Thoroughbreds, Antonucci relocated to Ocala and began breaking and training horses at Padua Stables under D. Wayne Lukas Racing Stables at the farm. She took out her trainer’s license in 2010 and started her first horse that March at Tampa Bay Downs.