Mark Hennig was born on April 10, 1965 in Mansfield, OH. He got his start in Thoroughbred racing working for his father John as a teenager, and spent two years at Ohio State studying veterinary medicine. He worked with trainer Neil Howard in New York, then Jack Van Berg in California, before being hired by D. Wayne Lukas in 1987. After running the Lukas divisions in Kentucky and Florida until 1992, he was given the chance to go on his own, when Barry Irwin offered him a semi-private job as trainer for Team Valor. He earned his first win as trainer of record with Arabian Ace in July, 1992 at Hollywood Park.
Rising to the Top:
On January 1, 1993 at Santa Anita, he earned his first stakes win with Star of Cozzene in the San Gabriel Handicap, which kicked off his first full year as a trainer. He ranked 9th in the nation in earnings with $4,168,857, with 19 stakes races, 6 graded, including the Santa Anita Derby(G1) with Personal Hope and the Arlington Million(G1) with Star of Cozzene.
In 1995, he moved to New York and opened a public stable, largely due to the support of owner Edward P. Evans, which has enabled him to maintain a successful stable, annually placing him among the nation’s leading trainers. He still continues to train for Team Valor, including 2007 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint starter Jazzy. Unfortunately Jazzy finished last, so Hennig still does not have a Breeders' Cup win in 10 tries.
Besides Jazzy, his other 2007 stakes winners are Barcola, Haddie Be Good, Giant Wrecker, Law Enforcement, La Dolce Vita, Laurentide Ice and Lauren's Tizzy. His graded stakes winners so far include Raging Fever, Vergennes, Colonial Minstrel, Gold Mover, Eddington, Summer Colony, Gygistar, and Mighty Forum. In 14 years of training, Hennig's runners have amassed more than $50,000,000 in purses. Through Oct. 7, 2007, Hennig's barn has won 50 races from 346 starts for $2,482,505 in earnings.
Hennig scored his 1000th career win when Dinner Break won the 6th race at the Meadowlands on November 10, 2007.
He resides in Garden City, NY with his wife Rosemary, children Taylor and Jason, and stepchildren Brooke, Brandon, and Brian. When he isn’t at the track, Hennig said, "I'm going to my kids' games. I golf some in Florida during the winter, but my hobby is really to spend time with my family."