Kenny McPeek
Trainer Bios

Kenny McPeek

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

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 224

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




2017 It's Your Nickel 6th


Java’s War






Harlan’s Holiday



Deputy Warlock






Tejano Run


At Keeneland

Tied for fourth as all-time leading trainer by wins (224) and is fifth by stakes wins (28).

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

Won the 2018 Ben Ali (G3) with Rated R Superstar during the Spring Meet and Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Restless Rider during the Fall Meet.

Won the 2017 Stonestreet Lexington (G3) with Senior Investment during the 2017 Spring Meet.

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) four times: She's A Devil Due (2000), Take Charge Lady (2001), Dream Empress (2008) and Restless Rider (2018).

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 the 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.


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

North American career earnings exceed $79 million with 1,642 wins through Jan. 21, 2019.

Click here for his Equibase career record.


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.