Kenny McPeek
Trainer Bios

Kenny McPeek

Born: August 2, 1962 in Fort Chaffee, Ark.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 227

Stakes Wins: 27

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2002 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park with Harlan’s Holiday

First Stakes Win: 1991 Red Wing at Canterbury with Miss Echo

First Graded Stakes Win: 1994 Beaumont (G2) at Keeneland with Her Temper

First Career Win: Oct. 27, 1985, at River Downs with Final Destroyer

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2017 It's Your Nickel 6th

2013

Java’s War

Won

2009

Theregoesjojo

9th

2002

Harlan’s Holiday

Won

2000

Deputy Warlock

4th

1999

Pineaff

7th

1995

Tejano Run

3rd

At Keeneland


Fourth all-time leading trainer by wins (218) and fifth by stakes wins (26).

Has five training titles (Fall 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015 [tie]; Spring 2011).

During the 2017 Spring Meet, won the Stonestreet Lexington (G3) with Senior Investment.

Sent out Rosalind to win the 2014 Central Bank Ashland (G1) in a dead heat with Room Service. Also won the Commonwealth (G3) with Occasional View and Ben Ali (G3) with Frac Daddy. During the Fall Meet, won the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) with Lawn Ranger.

Won 2013 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) with Java’s War.

Two-time winner of the Breeders’ Futurity (G1): Tejano Run (1994) and Noble's Promise (2009).

Won Alcibiades (G1) three times: She's A Devil Due (2000), Take Charge Lady (2001), Dream Empress (2008).

Won three Keeneland Grade 1 stakes in 2002: Toyota Blue Grass with Harlan’s Holiday, and Ashland and Overbrook Spinster with Take Charge Lady.

Won Spinster (G1) a second time with Take Charge Lady in 2003.

Won first Keeneland race during the 1986 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1992 Green River with Warside.

Career


Triple Crown win: 2002 Belmont (G1) with 70-1 longshot Sarava.

North American career earnings exceed $74 million with 1,579 wins through January 29, 2018.

2017 earnings were $4,447,522 with 54 wins, including the American Oaks (G1) with Daddys Lil Darling, Bashford Manor (G3) with Ten City and Stonestreet Lexington (G3) at Keeneland with Senior Investment.

2016 earnings were $2,676,381 with 50 wins, including the Bourbonette (G3) with Wonderment and the Pocahontas (G2) with Daddys Lil Darling.

2015 earnings were $3,042,731 with 50 wins, including the Pocahontas (G2) at Churchill with Dothkari Queen.

2014 earnings were $4,272,776 with 74 wins, including the Central Bank Ashland (G1) at Keeneland with Rosalind, Eclipse (G2) with Frac Daddy and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at Keeneland with Lawn Ranger.

2013 earnings were $5,148,876 with 62 wins, including the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland with Java’s War, Virginia Derby (G2) with War Dancer and Indiana Oaks (G2) with Pure Fun.

 

Background


After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a business degree, Kenny considered putting his degree to use. He went to New York to interview for jobs as a stockbroker, but spent more time at Belmont Park than he did looking for a job and decided to begin a career in racing. When he obtained his trainer’s license in 1985, his first client was his father, Ron. He saddled his first winner, Final Destroyer, at River Downs that October.

In June 2005, Kenny decided that his stable of 160 horses in six states had grown too large and that he could serve his clients’ interests better by concentrating on being a bloodstock agent. One of his purchases was future two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, sold for $57,000 as a yearling. Kenny turned the bulk of his stable over to longtime assistant, Helen Pitts. He returned to training in the spring of 2006.

Kenny owns and operates Magdalena Farm in Lexington. With his ex-wife, Sue Lustig McPeek, he developed the Horse Races NOW app, which allows users to watch racing on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device and retrieve other racing information.