The Team

Dan Collins

Dan Collins

Founder & Manager

Bona Venture Stables is managed by Dan Collins, a life-long racing enthusiast who once spent a summer covering the horse racing scene for The Saratogian newspaper in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In 1996, he became involved in his first racing syndicate and began learning about pedigrees, conformation and the sales process. He purchased his first thoroughbred in 1999 and formed Bona Venture Stables in 2005.

Leah Gyarmati

Leah Gyarmati

Trainer

Leah Gyarmati is a veteran trainer (former jockey) on the New York racing circuit. She is Bona Venture Stables NY-based trainer. Leah has a year-round stable at Belmont Park which allows her to conveniently ship into Aqueduct and Monmouth Park. She relocates the bulk of her stable to Saratoga for the premier summer meet in August. She maintains a public stable of about 25 horses, focusing heavily on New York breds.

Jeremiah Englehart

Jeremiah Englehart

Trainer

Jeremiah Englehart is one of the hottest young trainers, not only on the NYRA circuit but in North American thoroughbred racing. He began training in 2003 at Finger Lakes Race Track and quickly established himself as a quality horseman. Jeremiah has surpassed 1,000 career wins in only 16 years, earning his first Breeders Cup championship in the juvenile fillies race in 2013 with Rio Antonia at 32-1. He now has more than 20 graded stakes winners on his resume and finished 4th in the 2019 Saratoga meet with 14 wins and a top three finish at 47 percent. In 2018 Jeremiah's amassed 209 wins and earnings of $6.98 million.

He started training for Bona Venture Stables in 2015. He became a full-time presence on the NYRA circuit in 2016.

George Weaver

George Weaver

Trainer

George Weaver is a New York and Florida based trainer for Bona Venture Stables. George is typically among the top 10 trainers each year at the  prestigious Saratoga Race Course meet. He served as a foreman and assistant trainer to racing hall of fame trainer D. Wayne Lucas and the formidable Todd Pletch before establishing his own public stable in 2002. He races mainly on the east coast basing in Saratoga Springs, NY (Oklahoma training track) and racing at Belmont Park, Monmouth Park and Saratoga Race Course. In the fall he races at both Belmont Park and Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, KY. He relocates much of his stable to Gulfstream Park, near Miami, FL in the winter but maintains a barn at Belmont Park year-round. George oversees about 40-50 horses in training.

Steve Venosa

Steve Venosa

Bloodstock Adviser and Farm Trainer

Steve Venosa is a veteran horseman, who has been breaking, training and pinhooking thoroughbreds for more than 25 years. He has a keen eye for under-appreciated quality and has served as Bona Venture Stables' primary sales adviser for more than 15 years. Steve learned his trade as assistant to the legendary Jim Crupi's of Crupi's New Castle Farm before launching his own business 10 years ago.