Arnaud Delacour
Trainer Bios

Arnaud Delacour

Born: April 7, 1975 in Lisieux, Normandy, France

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 12

Stakes Wins: 4

Career Firsts

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

At Keeneland

First victory and stakes win at Keeneland came during the 2014 Spring Meet when Ageless won the Giant’s Causeway.

Stakes wins are the 2014 Giant's Causeway and 2015 Buffalo Trace Franklin County with Ageless, 2015 Coolmore Lexington (G3) with Divining Rod, 2016 Giant's Causeway with Exaggerated and 2016 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) with A. P. Indian. 


North American career earnings exeed $18 million with 409 wins through Aug. 10, 2020.

Click here for his Equibase career record.


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.