Ken McPeek

Birth Date: Thursday, August 2, 1962
Birth Place: Fort Chaffee, Ark

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
65 6 11 3 $279,988
Career: McPeek is no stranger to the big stage with 3-year-olds, among his biggest victories was Sarava’s 70-1 upset in the 2002 Belmont Stakes.
 
He saddled Harlan’s Holiday to victory in the 2002 Florida Derby (G1) and Blue Grass Stakes (G1). 
 
His first major horse was Tejano Run, who finished second in the 1995 Kentucky Derby behind Thunder Gulch. 
 
McPeek’s starters clicked at a 20-percent rate at the 2011-12 Gulfstream meeting. He saddled Golden Ticket for a maiden victory at Gulfstream in February and the 3-year-old colt went on to capture the Travers (G1) in a dead-heat with Alpha at Saratoga. He ranked eighth in earnings at Saratoga, seventh at the Keeneland spring meet and ninth at the Churchill spring meeting. 
 
He stopped training in the spring of 2005 to become a bloodstock adviser, only to return to training in the summer of 2006. 
 
His Noble’s Promise was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2009 
 
He trained back-to-back winners of the Gulfstream Park Turf with Hard Buck in 2004 and Prince Arch in 2005 and helped select and train eventual 2006 winner Einstein before his sabbatical.
 
McPeek also acquired two-time Horse of the Year Curlin during his year away from training for owners Midnight Cry Stable. Curlin raced once for McPeek’s former assistant, Helen Pitts, at Gulfstream before his owners sold a majority interest in the colt. 
 
His other major stakes winners included Take Charge Lady, a Grade 1 stakes-winning filly who is the dam of 2012 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, and Repent.
 
Other: McPeek played high school football in Lexington, Ky. and went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1984 with a B.A. in business. He immediately took a job as a hotwalker for Shug McGaughey. 
 
He took out a trainer’s license in 1985. His father was his first client. He later upgraded the stable through owner Roy Monroe, whose son Brian played football with McPeek at Tates Creek High School