Kenny McPeek
Trainer Bios

Kenny McPeek

Born: August 2, 1962 in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 236

Stakes Wins: 28

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




2020 Swiss Skydiver (filly) 2nd
2019 Signalman 3rd
2017 It's Your Nickel 6th


Java’s War






Harlan’s Holiday



Deputy Warlock






Tejano Run


At Keeneland

Fourth among the track's all-time leading trainers by wins (233) and sixth by stakes wins (28).

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

Two wins in the Toyota Blue Grass: Java's War (2013), Harlan's Holiday (2002).

Two wins in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1): Tejano Run (1994) and Noble's Promise (2009).

Four wins in the Alcibiades (G1): She's A Devil Due (2000), Take Charge Lady (2001), Dream Empress (2008) and Restless Rider (2018).

Sent out Take Charge Lady to four stakes wins to rank second behind all-time leader Wise Dan (7) in a tie with Rushing Fall. Take Charge Lady also won the 2002 Ashland (G1) and 2002-2003 Spinster (G1).

Won first Keeneland race during the 1986 Spring Meet.

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


Triple Crown wins (2): 2002 Belmont (G1) with 70-1 longshot Sarava; 2020 Preakness (G1) with the filly Swiss Skydiver.

North American career earnings exceed $87 million with 1,738 wins through Oct. 5, 2020.

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Kenny grew up in Lexington and became interested in racing because his father, Ron, owned several Thoroughbreds. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in business administration, he took an entry-level job with a Keeneland-based stable and obtained his trainer’s license when his father asked him to oversee some of his runners. He saddled his first winner, Final Destroyer, at River Downs in October 1985.

In June 2005, Kenny decided 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 movile devices and retrieve other racing information.