Born: April 7, 1975 in Lisieux, Normandy, France
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 8
Stakes Wins: 4
First Grade 1 Win: 2016 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga with A. P. Indian
First Stakes Win: 2013 Eight Thirty Stakes at Delaware Park with Margano
First Graded Stakes Win: 2015 Coolmore Lexington (G3) at Keeneland with Divining Rod
First Career Win: April 5, 2013, at Pimlico with Country Lyric
During the 2016 Fall Meet, won the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) with A. P. Indian.
First victory came during the 2014 Spring Meet when Ageless won the Giant’s Causeway (L).
Won the race again during the 2016 Spring Meet with Exaggerated. Ageless and Exaggerated both raced for Lael Stables.
Sent out Ageless to win the Buffalo Trace Franklin County during the 2015 Fall Meet. Also trained Divining Rod, winner of the 2015 Coolmore Lexington (G3) during the Spring Meet.
North American career earnings exceed $11 million with 275 wins through January 29, 2018.
2017 earnings of $3,028,276 with 69 wins, including the Beaugay (G3) and New York (G2) with Hawksmoor (IRE).
2016 earnings were $3,642,768. His 81 wins included six consecutive stakes victories with A. P. Indian. String included Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) and Priority One Jets Forego (G1) at Saratoga and Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) at Keeneland.
2015 earnings were $2,295,065 with 57 wins, including the Royal North (G3) and two other stakes with Ageless and the Coolmore Lexington (G3) at Keeneland with Divining Rod, who ran third in the Preakness (G1).
Arnaud grew up on a farm in the Normandy region of France, where he gained experience with mares and lay-ups. He later served as an assistant to trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre at Chantilly. By the late 1990s, Arnaud was in the U.S., exercising horses for trainer Christophe Clement. He went to Argentina for a year as an assistant trainer. Arnaud returned to the U.S. and worked for Clement for seven years before going out on his own.
Arnaud’s wife, Leigh Offutt Delacour, is a former jockey who was an assistant to trainers Barclay Tagg and Graham Motion. She also is a licensed trainer. Motion and his wife, Anita, introduced Arnaud and Leigh. After the Delacours married in 2007, they initially ran horses in Leigh’s name (she has two wins at Keeneland) until Arnaud obtained his trainer’s license in 2013. He won his first race on April 5, 2013, at Pimlico with Country Lyric.