Bret Calhoun
Trainer Bios

W. Bret Calhoun

Born: May 12, 1964 in Dallas, Texas

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 37

Stakes Wins: 8

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2010 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs with Dubai Majesty

First Stakes Win: 1997 Sam Houston Oaks at Sam Houston Race Park with Sweet Misty

First Graded Stakes Win: 2003 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) at Arlington Park with Cactus Ridge

First Career Win: April 1, 1994, at Trinity Meadows with Ramjet

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2020 Mr. Big News 6th

At Keeneland

Won first Keeneland race during the 2007 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2008 Shakertown (G3) with Mr. Nightlinger. Won the race again in 2014 with Marchman.

Trained Dubai Majesty, winner of the 2009 Buffalo Trace Franklin County. A year later, she won the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) en route to a victory in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) and the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter.

Sent out Finley'sluckycharm to win the 2017 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and 2018 Madison (G1). Other stakes winners are Chamberlain Bridge (2008 Woodford) and Silver Dust (2021 Ben Ali-G3). 


Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2010 Filly and Mare Sprint with champion Dubai Majesty and Turf Sprint with Chamberlain Bridge.

Career earnings exceed $96 million with 3,404 wins through May 30, 2022.

Recorded his 3,000th victory Feb. 10, 2019, at Fair Grounds when Most Mischief won the eighth race.

Won 13 stakes with Chamberlain Bridge from 2008-2012, topped by the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2).

Click here for his Equibase record.


Bret’s father, William “Buddy” Calhoun, owned and trained Thoroughbreds at Louisiana Downs. The two claimed a few horses together and Bret began training them, taking out his trainer’s license in 1993. He saddled his first runners the following year.