Melissa Beckwith (O-T)
Birthplace: New York, NY
Melissa grew up in the horse business. Her dad, Jerry Silverman, is a trainer, and her brother, Richie is a driver. Melissa actually started working with horses when she met Mark seventeen years ago (1992). They started in Maryland, then moved to New Jersey before settling at Saratoga. Her husband, Mark also helps with the stable of horses.
Melissa named Renoir as her favorite horse. Melissa was voted Horsewoman of the Year by the USHWA in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as Trainer of the 2011 and 2012 Year. In 2014 she finished third in the trainer standings and was the owner and trainer of 2014 Claiming Pacer ($5,000 - 7,500), Big Bambu.
When away from the horses, Melissa enjoys spending time with her children, Carly and Brett.
| Year ||Starts || 1st ||2nd ||3rd ||UTR ||Purses |
| 2014 ||487 ||80 ||70 ||60 ||.285 ||$490,046 |
| 2013 ||517 ||109 ||75 ||54 ||.326 ||$618,809 |
| 2012 ||610 ||159 ||81 ||89 ||.383 ||$886,586 |
| 2011 ||630 ||151 ||118 ||59 ||.375 || $958,937 |
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