Kelly Breen

Birth Date: Tuesday, May 13, 1969
Birth Place: Perth Amboy, NJ

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
25 3 1 5 $134,991
Career: Kelly Breen has been a mainstay on the Monmouth Park-Gulfstream Park circuit for several years. He trained privately for George and Lori Hall from 2006 to mid-2012.  Most of the horses in his stable are still owned by the Halls, but he now trains a public stable. 
 
Breen notched his first Saratoga graded-stakes success in 2012 August when he saddled the Halls’ Bern Identity for a triumph in the Sanford Stakes (G2). 
 
Breen registered his career highlight thus far in the 2011 Belmont Stakes (G1), saddling Ruler on Ice for a victory at nearly 25-1. Earlier that year, he visited the winner’s circle with Pants on Fire after his victory in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. Pants on Fire was still going strong in 2012, winning the Ack Ack (G3) and the Monmouth Cup (G3) after finishing third in both the Skip Away (G3) and Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream.
 
Breen won two titles at Monmouth Park in 2005 and 2006. The 43-year-old New Jersey native served as exercise rider and assistant trainer for Walter Reese when he was 18 before going out on his own in 1992. He saddled his first winner in 1993 at the Meadowlands. After training a small stable for a few years, Breen went to work for Ben Perkins Sr., galloping such standouts as Forest Wildcat, Confide and Appealing Skier. Back on his own in 2000, Breen has also notched stakes successes with Desire to Excel (2006 Astoria), Bold Union (2008 Astoria), Praying for Cash (2006 Long Branch Breeders’ Cup, West Side Bernie (Kentucky Cup Juvenile) and My Adonis (Long Branch).
 
Other: Breen, who played soccer and wrestled in high school, became interested in becoming a jockey when he visited the races with his father, Jackie, when he was 12. He took racing lessons and mucked stalls at a neighborhood farm, but a growth spurt dashed his goal of becoming a jockey. …On Aug. 28, 2007, he saddled Second Collection and Findee’s Keepee’s for dead-heat victories in the second race on the Monmouth Park program.