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Brian Lynch
Trainer Bios

Brian Lynch

Born: May 1, 1964, in Brisbane, Australia

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 37
Stakes Wins: 5

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2014 Just a Game at Belmont with Coffee Clique
First Stakes Win: 1995 Graduation at Del Mar with Riva Ranger
First Graded Stakes Win: 2008 First Lady (G3) at Gulfstream with Sugar Swirl
First Career Win: December 2, 1993, with Arc's a Flyin at Hollywood Park

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

At Keeneland

Sent out his first Keeneland winner during the 2012 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes winner was Grand Arch, winner of the 2015 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1). Grand Arch next was third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland.

Sent out Lightstream to win the 2016 Beaumont (G3) and Lexus Raven Run (G2) during the Fall Meet.

Saddled Heart to Heart to win the 2018 Maker's 46 Mile (G1).

Won the 2021 TVG Limestone Turf Sprint during the Spring Meet with Tobys Heart.


Breeders' Cup win: 2016 Juvenile Turf with Oscar Performance.

North American career earnings exceed $54 million with 808 wins through Mar. 31, 2024.

Click here for his Equibase career record.



Brian, whose family was involved in horse racing in his native Australia, grew up across the street from a race track, where he launched his training career. He left Australia for North America in 1986 to ride bulls on the professional rodeo circuit. Brian said while he never made a lot of money on the rodeo circuit he had a good time.

Brian returned to the race track, working for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel in Southern California while Frankel conditioned such horses as 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper. In 2005, Brian left California for Woodbine to handle a division of horses that Frankel trained for Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs. He began training on his own at Woodbine in 2006 and won Canada’s most famous race, the Queen’s Plate, in 2015 with Stronach’s Shaman Ghost.

In a nod to his Australian roots, Brian’s saddle towels feature a kangaroo.