Charles LoPresti
Trainer Bios

Charlie LoPresti

Born: September 21, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 67

Stakes Wins: 13

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2010 Forego at Saratoga with Here Comes Ben

First Stakes Win: 1996 Bryan Station at Keeneland with Mariuka

First Graded Stakes Win: 2009 Northern Dancer (G3) at Churchill Downs with Successful Dan

First Career Win: July 25, 1993, at Arlington Park with Competitive Edge

At Keeneland

Trained 2020 Racing Hall of Fame inductee and two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who won a record seven stakes at Keeneland: 2013 and 2014 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1), 2012 and 2014 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), 2012 Ben Ali (G3), 2011 Fayette (G2) and 2010 Phoenix (G2). Wise Dan, who was retired in 2015, was paraded at Keeneland on the day of the 2015 Shadwell Turf Mile in recognition of his outstanding career.

Trained Wise Dan’s year-older Grade 1-winning half-brother, Successful Dan, to win the 2013 Ben Ali (G3) and 2010 Fayette (G2).

Based at Keeneland year-round.

First Keeneland win came during the 1993 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the first division of the 1996 Bryan Station with Mariuka.



Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2012 and 2013 Mile with Wise Dan.

North American career earnings exceed $20 million with 310 wins through Aug. 10, 2020.

Wise Dan was the 2012-2013 Horse of the Year, champion older male and champion turf male. In 2012, Wise Dan became the first horse to sweep all three since John Henry in 1981. He is the only horse to win the three titles in two consecutive years.

Won first Grade 1 race with his first Grade 1 starter when Here Comes Ben won the 2010 Forego at Saratoga on Sept. 4.

Click here for his Equibase career record.


While growing up on Long Island, Charlie first was associated with pleasure horses owned by an uncle. He worked at a hunter/jumper show barn after graduating from high school.

When Charlie answered an advertisement in a trade publication for a job with a Thoroughbred farm in Virginia, the prospective employer instead recommended him for a position at Belmont Park with trainer Joe Cantey, who trained 1980 Belmont (G1) winner Temperence Hill. He worked with Cantey for about two years before taking a job at Domino Stud in Kentucky in 1978. Domino’s manager was Ted Carr, who went to work for Allen Paulson’s Brookside Farm, where Charlie spent about six years as assistant manager.

Charlie later trained for Henryk de Kwiatkowski's Calumet Farm, getting horses ready for such trainers such as Bill Mott and Frank Brothers. He developed 200-acre Forest Lane Farm near Lexington with his wife, Amy, whom he met at Domino. The couple breaks and trains yearlings and handles lay-ups at the farm, and she assists her husband at Keeneland.

Wise Dan and Successful Dan were retired to the LoPrestis' farm.