Wesley Ward

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    Wesley Ward
    record at keeneland
    total wins:139
    stakes wins:11
    First Grade 1 Win:
    2013 Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville with No Nay Never
    First Stakes Win:
    1994 Will Rogers (G3) at Hollywood Park with Unfinished Symph
    First Graded Stakes Win:
    1994 Will Rogers (G3) at Hollywood Park with Unfinished Symph
    First Career Win:
    Jan. 6, 1991, at Yakima Meadows with Mariani Red
    March 3, 1968 in Selah, Wash.

    At Keeneland (through October 2017):

    • Leading trainer during the 2017 Spring Meet when he won the Giant's Causeway (L) with European champion Lady Aurelia and during the 2012 Spring and Fall Meets.
    • Won the 2016 Shakertown (G2) during the Spring Meet with Undrafted.
    • On April 21, 2016, sent out Lady Aurelia to win her career debut. Lady Aurelia went on to win the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot and the Darley Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville. 
    • On the second day of the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland won the $100,000 Juvenile Dirt Sprint Stakes with Sheikh of Sheikhs. 
    • Won first Keeneland race during the 2007 Spring Meet.
    • Saddled One Hot Wish to set a 4 1/2-furlong world record of :48.87 at Keeneland on April 12, 2007. She is the dam of Pablo Del Monte, a colt by Giant’s Causeway who is a two-time winner at Keeneland.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 2011 Giant’s Causeway with Holiday for Kitten.
    • Sent out his Judy the Beauty to win the 2013 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and 2014 Madison (G1).
    • Won the June 2014 Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in England with Hootenanny. Two months earlier, the 2-year-old colt won his career debut at Keeneland.

    Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass:





    Pablo Del Monte









    Pleasant Prince




    • Training operation is based at Keeneland year-round. 
    • Owns Ward Ranch near Ocala, Fla., where he begins training his young horses.
    • Breeders' Cup wins (2): 2014 Filly and Mare Sprint with Judy the Beauty and Juvenile Turf with Hootenanny.
    • Judy the Beauty was named champion female sprinter of 2014.
    • Has nine wins at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England. Became the first American trainer to saddle a winner at Royal Ascot in 2009 when Strike the Tiger won the Windsor Castle Stakes at odds of 33-1. The next day, he sent out Jealous Again to win the Queen Mary (G2). Other wins are the 2013 Norfolk (G2) with No Nay Never, 2014 Windsor Castle with Hootenanny, 2015 Diamond Jubilee (G1) with Undrafted and Queen Mary (G2) with Acapulco; 2016 Queen Mary (G2) with Lady Aurelia; and 2017 King's Stand (G1) with Lady Aurelia and Sandringham (L) with Con Te Partiro.
    • Lady Aurelia was named Europe’s champion 2-year-old filly of 2016 and received a Cartier Racing Award as 2-year-old filly of the year. At Keeneland for much of the season, she is the first horse trained in the U.S. to win a Cartier award, which honors outstanding horses in Europe.
    • North American career earnings exceed $57 million with 1,617 wins through Nov. 20, 2017.
    • 2016 earnings were $3,583,661 with 100 wins, including Keeneland's Shakertown (G2) with Undrafted,
    • 2015 earnings were $4,756,512 with 111 wins, including the Monrovia (G2) at Santa Anita with Shrinking Violet.
    • ​2014 earnings were $6,140,210 with 99 wins, including the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) and Madison (G1) with Judy the Beauty, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) with Hootenanny and Del Mar Debutante (G1) with Sunset Glow.
    • Won the 1,000th race of his career on Sept. 17, 2011, at Kentucky Downs with Cozy Kitten.
    • Trained 2010 Canadian champion 2-year-old colt Madman Diaries.
    • Saddled two winners during the 2009 Royal Ascot meet: Jealous Again in the Queen Mary (G2) and Strike the Tiger in the Windsor Castle. Another trainee, Cannonball, finished second in the Golden Jubilee (G1).
    • Shipped three horses to Dubai for the Golden Shaheen (G1) with Men’s Exclusive running second in 2001 and fourth in 2002, and Bear Fan running fifth in 2005.
    • Received the 1984 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey. For the year, Ward won 335 races and broke the record set in 1981 by Richard Migliore for earnings with $5,203,810.
    • Won 749 races and his mounts earned $11,233,180 during his riding career from 1984-1989. His biggest win was the 1988 Longacres Derby (G3).
    • Leading rider at Aqueduct, Belmont (fall) and The Meadowlands in 1984.
    • Won the 1984 Eric Beitia Memorial Award, given to the leading apprentice at New York Racing Association tracks.


    Wesley was born into a racing family. His father, Dennis, is a former jockey who is now a trainer and occasionally saddles horses for his son. His grandfather, Jim Dailey, was a steeplechase rider and then a popular outrider in New York for 29 years.

    Wesley began riding at age 12, competing at fairs in Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and Montana. On the day he turned 16, the junior in high school began riding at Aqueduct with Lenny Goodman as his agent. Goodman, a friend of Jim Dailey’s, previously handled the books of Steve Cauthen and Declan Murphy. Though he didn’t win any races that day, Wesley won five in the next three days.

    Recipient of the 1984 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice, Wesley later rode in Italy, Singapore and Malaysia. He retired in 1989, tired of battling weight. He began training in 1991.

    He maintains a year-round base at Keeneland.



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