Kenneth McPeek

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Kenneth McPeek
McPeek in 2018
Born (1962-08-02) August 2, 1962 (age 61)
Fort Chaffee, Arkansas
Career wins1,992+ (ongoing)

Stakes Wins: 266 (ongoing)

Earnings: $116,000,000+
Major racing wins
Preakness Stakes (2020)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1994, 2009, 2021)
Falls City Handicap (2020, 2021)
Beaumont Stakes (1994, 2009)
Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (1994, 2001)
Fort Harrod Stakes (1996)
Widener Handicap (1997)
Turfway Championship Handicap (1997)
Tampa Bay Derby (1999)
Tropical Park Derby (2000)
Alcibiades Stakes (2000, 2001, 2008, 2018, 2020)
Iroquois Stakes (2001, 2018)
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (2001, 2018, 2021)
Fair Grounds Oaks (2002)
Ashland Stakes (2002, 2014, 2023)
Dogwood Stakes (2002, 2011)
Florida Derby (2002)
Blue Grass Stakes (2002, 2013)
Louisiana Derby (2002)
Spinster Stakes (2002, 2003)
Sir Barton Stakes (2003)
Ohio Derby (2003)
Edgewood Stakes (2004, 2005)
Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf Stakes
(2004, 2005)
Delta Jackpot Stakes (2006)
Louisville Handicap (2007, 2014, 2017, 2018)
Commonwealth Turf Stakes (2008)
Aristides Stakes (2009, 2011)
Summer Stakes (2009)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (2009)
La Cañada Stakes (2010)
Bourbonette Oaks (2010, 2016, 2017)
Bourbon Stakes (2010, 2014, 2021)
Golden Rod Stakes (2010)
Rachel Alexandra Stakes (2011)
Mint Julep Stakes (2011, 2012)
Matt Winn Stakes (2011)
Regret Stakes (2011)
Virginia Oaks (2012)
Gardenia Stakes (2012)
Travers Stakes (2012)
Hollywood Starlet Stakes (2012)
Virginia Derby (2013)
Indiana Oaks (2013)
Commonwealth Stakes (2014)
Sixty Sails Handicap (2014)
Ben Ali Stakes (2014, 2018)
Eclipse Stakes (2014)
Pocahontas Stakes (2015, 2016, 2022, 2023)
Carry Back Stakes (2016)
Bashford Manor Stakes (2017)
Lexington Stakes (2017,2021)
American Oaks (2017)
Modesty Handicap (2018)
Mrs. Revere Stakes (2018)
Alabama Stakes (2018, 2020)
Opening Verse Stakes (2020)
Gulfstream Oaks (2021)
Summertime Oaks (2021)
Beholder Stakes (2021)
Southwest Stakes (2024)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (2002)
Preakness Stakes (2020)Belmont Derby Invitational (2022)

Racing awards
Big Sport of Turfdom Award (2002)
Significant horses
Tejano Run, Harlan's Holiday, Sarava, Einstein, Take Charge Lady, Repent, Hard Buck, She's A Devil Due, Dream Empress, Prince Arch, Noble's Promise, Kathmanblu, Rogue Romance, Curlin, Golden Ticket, Frac Daddy, Rosalind, Java's War, Daddys Lil Darling, Signalman, Eskimo Kisses, Restless Rider, Harvey Wallbanger, Swiss Skydiver, Princess Warrior, Simply Ravishing, Crazy Beautuful, King Fury, Rattle N Roll, Tiz the Bomb, Envoutante. Smile Happy, Classic Causeway, Defining Purpose, Sun Thunder.VV'S Dream, Corningstone, Fretdis the Red(FR)

Kenneth G. McPeek (born August 2, 1962, in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

Life and career[edit]

Kenneth G. "Kenny" McPeek was born August 2, 1962, in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from Tates Creek High School and then the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1985 McPeek received his Thoroughbred Trainer's License.

McPeek serves on the Boards of the University of Kentucky College of Agricultural Equine Program Advisory Committee, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). He is a member of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Equine Veterinary Medical Director Search Committee.[1]

Major horses[edit]

McPeek has trained a number of racehorses. In 2002, he won the Belmont Stakes with Sarava.[2] His horses won back-to-back Spinster Stakes' with Take Charge Lady in 2002 & 2003 and back-to-back Gulfstream Park Breeder's Cup Handicaps with Hard Buck (BRZ) & Prince Arch in 2004 & 2005.[3] Other Grade 1 victories include the Florida Derby, Ashland Stakes (3 times), Blue Grass Stakes, Dixiana Breeders Futurity and the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (4 times) in his career.[3] He has also trained all-time leading North American money earner Curlin, Dream Empress, Tejano Run, Golden Ticket, Harlan's Holiday, Hard Buck (BRZ), Java's War, Pure Fun, Repent, Take Charge Lady, Salty Strike, Sweet Talker, Leah's Secret, She's A Devil Due, Wild Desert, Einstein, Prince Arch, Noble's Promise, Kathmanblu, Rogue Romance, Daddys Lil Darling, Eskimo Kisses, Signalman, Restless Rider, Swiss Skydiver, Simply Ravishing, King Fury, Crazy Beautiful, Tiz a Bomb, Rattle N Roll, Dash Attack, Butterbean, Classic Causeway, Corningstone and Mystik Dan among others.

McPeek has won more than 266 stakes in his career, with 111 of them graded. Through September 17, 2023, he has 1,955 career wins with earnings of more than $116Million.[4]

McPeek currently races primarily at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park and Saratoga, as well as keeping a division at his Magdalena Farm in Lexington.[5]

Graded Stakes Wins[edit]

Kenny McPeek -- 2002 Belmont Stakes win with Sarava
Horse Stakes Date Track Grade
MYSTIK DAN Southwest Stakes 2/3/24 Oaklawn 3
V V's DREAM Pocahontas Stakes 9/16/23 Churchill 3
DEFINING PURPOSE Indiana Oaks 7/8/23 Horseshoe Indianapolis 3
RATTLE N ROLL Blame Stakes 6/3/23 Churchill 2
RATTLE N ROLL Pimlico Special 5/19/23 Pimlico 3
SMILE HAPPY Alysheba Stakes 5/5/23 Churchill 2
RATTLE N ROLL Ben Ali Stakes 4/22/23 Keeneland 3
DEFINING PURPOSE Ashland Stakes 4/7/23 Keeneland 1
RATTLE N ROLL Oklahoma Derby 9/25/22 Remington Park 3
FUN AND FEISTY Pocahontas Stakes 9/17/22 Churchill Downs 3
BUTTERBEAN Iowa Oaks 7/9/22 Prairie Meadows 3
CLASSIC CAUSEWAY Belmont Derby 7/9/22 Belmont Park 1
TIZ TH BOMB The Jeff Ruby Steaks 4/2/22 Turfway Park 3
SMILE HAPPY Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes 11/27/21 Churchill 2
ENVOUTANTE Falls City Handicap 11/25/21 Churchill 2
TIZ THE BOMB Bourbon Stakes 10/10/21 Keeneland 2
RATTLE N ROLL Claiborne Breeders' Futurity 10/9/21 Keeneland 1
CRAZY BEAUTIFUL Summertime Oaks 5/30/21 Santa Anita 2
KING FURY Stonestreet Lexington Stakes 4/10/21 Keeneland 3
CRAZY BEAUTIFUL Gulfstream Park Oaks 3/27/21 Gulfstream 2
SWISS SKYDIVER Beholder Stakes 3/13/21 Santa Anita 1
ENVOUTANTE Falls City Handicap 11/26/20 Churchill 2
SWISS SKYDIVER Preakness Stakes 10/3/20 Pimlico 1
SIMPLY RAVISHING Alcibiades Stakes 9/27/20 Keeneland 1
ENVOUTANTE Remington Park Oaks 9/27/20 Remington Park 3
SWISS SKYDIVER Alabama Stakes 8/15/20 Saratoga 1
SWISS SKYDIVER Santa Anita Oaks 6/06/20 Santa Anita 2
SWISS SKYDIVER Fantasy Stakes 5/1/20 Oaklawn 3
SWISS SKYDIVER Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Oaks 3/28/20 Gulfstream 2
FIGHTING SEABEE With Anticipation Stakes 8/28/19 Saratoga 3
PRINCESS WARRIOR Latonia Stakes 3/9/19 Turfway
HARVEY WALLBANGER Holy Bull 2/9/2019 Gulfstream 2
RESTLESS RIDER Debutante Stakes 6/30/2018 Churchll L
RATED R SUPERSTAR Ben Ali Stakes 4/14/2018 Keeneland 3
VETTORI KIN (BRZ) Louisville Handicap 5/19/2018 Churchill Downs 3
DADDY'S LIL DARLING Modesty Handicap 7/7/2018 Arlington Park 3
ESKIMO KISSES Alabama Stakes 8/18/2018 Saratoga Race Course 1
CAIRO CAT Iroquois Stakes 9/15/2018 Churchill Downs 3
RESTLESS RIDER Darley Alcibiades Stakes 10/5/2018 Keeneland 1
PRINCESS WARRIOR Mrs. Revere Stakes 11/23/2018 Churchill Downs 2
SIGNALMAN Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes 11/24/2018 Churchill Downs 2
PURELY A DREAM Bourbonette Oaks 3/25/2017 Turfway Park 3
SENIOR INVESTMENT Stone Street Lexington Stakes 4/15/2017 Keeneland 3
SOME IN TIEME (BRZ) Louisville Handicap 5/20/2017 Churchill Downs 3
TEN CITY Bashford Manor Stakes 6/30/2017 Churchill Downs 3
DADDY'S LIL DARLING American Oaks 12/30/2017 Santa Anita 1
WONDERMENT Bourbonette Oaks 4/2/2016 Turfway Park 3
RATED R SUPERSTAR Carry Back Stakes 7/2/2016 Gulfstream Park 3
DADDY'S LIL DARLING Pocahontas Stakes 9/17/2016 Churchill Downs 2
DOTHRAKI QUEEN Pocahontas Stakes 9/12/2015 Churchill Downs 2
CHASING BUBBLES The Great White Way Stakes 12/28/2014 Aqueduct 3
LAWN RANGER Dixiana Bourbon 10/5/2014 Keeneland 3
FRAC DADDY Eclipse Stakes 6/1/2014 Woodbine 2
WAR DANCER Louisville Handicap 5/24/2014 Churchill Downs 3
FRAC DADDY Ben Ali Stakes 4/19/2014 Keeneland 3
FLASHY AMERICAN Sixty Sails 4/19/2014 Hawthorne 3
OCCASIONAL VIEW Commonwealth Stakes 4/12/2014 Keeneland 3
ROSALIND Ashland 5/24/2014 Keeneland 1
PURE FUN Indiana Oaks 10/5/2013 Indiana Downs 2
WAR DANCER Virginia Derby 6/28/2013 Colonial Downs 2
JAVA'S WAR Blue Grass Stakes 3/2/2013 Keeneland 1
PURE FUN Hollywood Starlet Stakes 12/08/2012 Hollywood Park 1
GOLDEN TICKET Travers Stakes 8/25/2012 Saratoga 1
SALTY STRIKE Gardenia Stakes 8/11/2012 Ellis Park 3
VOLCAT Virginia Oaks 7/21/2012 Colonial l Downs 3
BIZZY CAROLINE Early Times Mint Julep Handicap 6/2/2012 Churchill Downs 3
BIZZY CAROLINE Regret Stakes 6/18/2011 Churchill Downs 3
SCOTUS Matt Winn Stakes 6/18/2011 Churchill Downs 3
MY BABY BABY Early Times Mint Julep Stakes 6/11/2011 Churchill Downs 3
NOBLE'S PROMISE Aristides Stakes 6/4/2011 Churchill Downs 3
SALTY STRIKE Dogwood Stakes 6/4/2011 Churchill Downs 3
KATHMANBLU Rachel Alexandra Stakes 2/19/2011 Fair Grounds 3
SALTY STRIKE Dogwood Stakes 6/4/2011 Churchill Downs 3
KATHMANBLU Golden Rod Stakes 11/27/2010 Churchill Downs 2
ROGUE ROMANCE Bourbon Stakes 10/10/2010 Keeneland 3
ORCHESTRATOR Bourbonette Oaks 3/27/2010 Turfway Park 3
STRIKING DANCER La Canada Stakes 2/14/2010 Santa Anita 2
NOBLE'S PROMISE Dixiana Breeders' Futurity 10/10/2009 Keeneland 1
BRIDGETOWN Summer Stakes 9/19/2009 Woodbine 3
BOLD START Aristides Stakes 5/30/2009 Churchill Downs 3
WAR KILL Beaumont Stakes 4/8/2009 Keeneland 2
NISTLE'S CRUNCH Commonwealth Turf Stakes 11/9/2008 Churchill Downs 3
DREAM EMPRESS Darley Alcibiades Stakes 10/3/2008 Keeneland 1
DRILLING FOR OIL Louisville Handicap 5/26/2007 Churchill Downs 3
BIRDBIRDISTHEWORD Boyd Gaming's Delta Jackpot 12/1/2006 Delta Downs 3
PRINCE ARCH Gulfstream Park Breeders Cup Handicap 3/6/2005 Gulfstream Park 1
PRINCE ARCH Saranac Handicap 9/6/2004 Saratoga 3
SISTER STAR Regret Stakes 6/12/2004 Churchill Downs 3
PRINCE ARCH Jefferson Cup Stakes 6/12/2004 Churchill Downs 3
HARD BUCK (BRZ) Gulfstream Park Breeders Cup Handicap 2/22/2004 Gulfstream Park 1
HARD BUCK (BRZ) River City Handicap 11/16/2003 Churchill Downs 3
TAKE CHARGE LADY Spinster Stakes 10/5/2003 Keeneland 1
TAKE CHARGE LADY Arlington Matron Handicap 9/1/2003 Arlington Park 3
WILD AND WICKED Ohio Derby 6/21/2003 Thistledown 2
WHITE CAT Transylvania Stakes 4/4/2003 Keeneland 3
MIDNGHT CRY The Stonerside Forward Gal Stakes 3/14/2003 Gulfstream Park 3
TAKE CHARGE LADY Spinster Stakes 10/6/2002 Keeneland 1
MINISTER'S BABY Gardenia Handicap 8/10/2002 Ellis Park 3
SARAVA Belmont Stakes 6/8/2002 Belmont Park 1
PISCES Louisville Handicap 6/1/2002 Churchill Downs 3
TAKE CHARGE LADY Dogwood Stakes 5/25/2002 Churchill Downs 3
HARLAN'S HOLIDAY Blue Grass Stakes 4/13/2002 Keeneland 1
TAKE CHARGE LADY Ashland Stakes 4/6/2002 Keeneland 1
HARLAN'S HOLIDAY Florida Derby 3/16/2002 Gulfstream Park 1
REPENT Louisiana Derby 3/10/2002 Fair Grounds 2
TAKE CHARGE LADY Fair Grounds Oaks 3/9/2002 Fair Grounds 2
REPENT Risen Star Stakes 2/17/2002 Fair Grounds 3
TAKE CHARGE LADY Silverbulletday Stakes 2/16/2002 Fair Grounds 3
REPENT Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes 11/24/2001 Churchill Downs 2
HARLAN'S HOLIDAY Iroquois Stakes 11/4/2001 Churchill Downs 3
TAKE CHARGE LADY Alcibiades Stakes 10/5/2001 Keeneland 2
REPENT Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes 9/22/2001 Turfway Park 3
SHE'S A DEVIL DUE Alcibiades Stakes 10/15/2000 Keeneland 2
GO LIB GO Tropical Park Derby 1/2/2000 Calder 3
TEJANO RUN Turfway Championship Handicap 9/27/1997 Turfway Park 3
TEJANO RUN Widener Handicap 3/22/1997 Hialeah Park 3
TEJANO RUN Fort Harrod Stakes 4/12/1996 Keeneland 3
TEJANO RUN Breeders' Futurity 10/23/1994 Keeneland 2
TEJANO RUN Ky. Cup Juvenile 9/24/1994 Turfway Park 3
HER TEMPER Beaumont Stakes 4/10/1994 Keeneland 2

Training facilities[edit]

In 2006, McPeek purchased the former Pillar Stud Farm, a 115-acre parcel in Lexington, Kentucky, from William duPont III, who was selling off pieces of his massive landholdings portfolio due to financial difficulties.[6][7] McPeek renamed the farm to Magdalena Farm in honor of Magdalena Weber Shely (b. 6/2/1793), the original Matriarch of the land.[8]

The office at Magdalena Farm is the home base for McPeek Racing, Magdalena Racing Partnerships, and Horse Races Now, the comprehensive horse racing APP. Currently, the farm has over 150 horses that are either racing, training, or being broken to saddle. The farm also handles mares and foals, as well as layups, thereby covering all stages of a horse's career.[9]

McPeek purchased Silverleaf Training Center in Ocala, Florida, in 2019. Formerly the Padua Farm Training Center, the property includes a six furlong training track, four 24-stall barns, four paddocks, 20 stall/turnout paddocks, six covered round pens, and a five stall quarantine barn.

When horses are purchased as yearlings, they are taken to Magdalena Farm in Lexington. As they mature into two-year-olds, they are transferred to the Silverleaf Training Center in Ocala to be saddle broken, started under tack, and trained to use the starting gate. McPeek then moves the horses to finish their training at a race track, once each horse is ready to compete.

McPeek has made improvements to Silverleaf Training Center that directly benefit the two-year-olds' training such as having the track graded and adding a fully operational starting gate. New fencing and paddocks were also added.

The McPeek Silverleaf Team includes Lead Assistant Trainer Dominic Brennan, Assistant Trainer retired Eclipse award-winning jockey Robby Albarado, and Assistant Forman Shaun Charlton.

Mobile app[edit]

McPeek has developed a mobile app to provide comprehensive horse racing video and data for new fans and veteran horseplayers, called Horse Races Now.[10] He reported that he came up with the idea for a horse racing app while watching CNBC's Planet of the Apps, a one-hour program that explored the explosion of mobile technology, specifically through phone applications.[11] "During the show, I Googled 'horse racing apps' and there weren't any. I kind of politicked around and checked with some people to see if this was something that was happening. Long and short, I ended up doing it on my own because I just felt like it needed to be done."[12]

McPeek launched Horse Races Now on March 27, 2012,[12] and four years later, McPeek reported in a radio interview that the app had been downloaded over 500,000 times.[13]


  1. ^ "About Kenny McPeek". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ "2002 Belmont Stakes Results". Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  3. ^ a b "Equibase | Profiles". Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  4. ^ "Equibase | Profiles". Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  5. ^ "McPeek Racing : Magdalena Farm". Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  6. ^ By (1990-11-18). "MAN WITH THE MAGIC NAME HAS HEAVY BURDEN: DEBT". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  7. ^ By (1995-07-16). "WILLIAM DUPONT III, FROM HIGH FINANCE TO HIGH WEEDS". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  8. ^ Chapman, Ric (23 February 2006). "Kenny McPeek to Return to Training". Blood-Horse. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Magdalena History" (PDF). McPeek Racing. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Horse Races NOW! App Launched". Blood-Horse Publications. April 4, 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  11. ^ John Clay (April 28, 2013). "McPeek joins the app business". Lexington Herald-Leader. Louisville, KY. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Robert Yates (February 22, 2014). "Trainer offers app to give fans a hand". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Little Rock, AR. Retrieved October 29, 2014 – via {{cite news}}: External link in |via= (help)
  13. ^ "Equine Forum". Horse Racing Radio Network. 14 March 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.