Born: March 3, 1978 in Bristol, Tenn.
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 21
Stakes Wins: 1
First Stakes Win: 2014 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) at Keeneland with Sparkling Review
First Graded Stakes Win: 2014 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) at Keeneland with Sparkling Review
First Career Win: Oct. 19, 2013, at Keeneland with Mt Tronador
First Keeneland win came during the 2013 Fall Meet.
First Keeneland stakes win was the 2014 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) with Sparkling Review. That also marked his first career stakes win.
Sent out Limousine Liberal to set the track's 6 1/2-furlong track record on April 9, 2016.
North American career earnings exceed $6 million with 148 wins through January 29, 2018.
2017 earnings of $1,595,672 with 45 wins, including victories in the Churchill Downs (G2) and Aristides (G3) with Limousine Liberal.
2016 earnings were $1,924,605 with 45 wins, including the Arlington Classic (G3) and John Battaglia Memorial with Surgical Strike.
2015 earnings were $1,252,121 with 31 wins, including the Winter Melody Stakes at Delaware with Sea Shadow and the Indiana General Assembly Distaff at Indiana Grand with Antonia Autumn.
2014 earnings were $1,096,246 with 22 wins.
Sent out Sparkling Review to win the Mrs. Revere (G2) at Churchill Downs in November 2014.
Saddled his first starter in November 2012.
Ben is a familiar face at Keeneland, where he won his first race during the 2013 Fall Meet.
His father, John, managed farms in Central Kentucky and trained a few racehorses. "I can't ever remember not being around horses," Ben told Mike Penna on Horse Racing Radio Network's Trainer Talk. "My dad would take me out of school on Fridays to go to Keeneland. I was in school in Versailles, so I wasn't the only one being taken out of school. He taught me a lot, the overall care of horses...horsemanship and horse management."
"Racing always excited me the most," he told Liane Crossley of KyForward.com. "Farm life was a little slow for me and you are there all the time. With racing, you get to go different places and travel around. I grew up riding a lot and it seemed natural to go to the race track and be an exercise rider."
While studying business at the University of Kentucky, Ben broke yearlings and worked the horse sales. He went to work for Bill Harrigan at Miacomet Farm in Georgetown, Ky., breaking yearlings. He spent 3½ years with trainer Fred Seitz, exercising horses and becoming his assistant. While working for Harrigan, Ben had met trainer Christophe Clement. He decided he wanted to work for a bigger outift and gain more exposure, so he went to work for Clement in February 2008.
Ben handled Clement's young horses at Keeneland and oversaw the trainer's string here during race meets. He went out on his own in 2012.