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 young 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. Leah has a second string of horses at Delaware Park.

Steve Venosa

Steve Venosa
Trainer

Steve Venosa is a veteran horseman, who has been breaking, trainer and pinhooking thoroughbreds for more than 20 years. He has a keen eye for under-appreciated quality and has served as Bona Venture Stables' primary sales advisor for the past several years. Steve learned his trade as assistant to the legendary Jim Crupi's of Crupi's New Castle Farm before launching his own business three years ago.











George Weaver

George Weaver
Trainer

George Weaver is the newest NY-based trainer for Bona Venture Stables. George finished 5th in the prestigious Saratoga trainer standings in 2009. 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 35 horses in training.