Wesley Ward

Birth Date: Sunday, March 3, 1968
Birth Place: Selah, Wash

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
122 21 12 25 $631,740
Career: The son of trainer Dennis Ward and grandson of popular New York outrider Jim Dailey, Ward was the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1984 when he won 335 races and more than $5 million in purses. 
 
He was the riding champion at Aqueduct, Belmont and The Meadowlands that year. He later rode in Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Illinois and California, where he was aboard Ferdinand when the eventual Kentucky Derby winner broke his maiden as a 2-year-old. 
 
He retired from riding in 1989 because of weight problems and assisted his father before going out on his own as a trainer in 1991. 
 
He notched his 1000th winner as a trainer with Cozy Kitten in a stakes race at Kentucky Downs in September 2011. 
 
Ward has built a reputation for having a magic touch with 2-year-olds. In 2013, he saddled No Nay Never for victories at Royal Ascot (Norfolk Stakes) and Deauville (Grade 1 Prix Morny).
 
Ward made history in June 2009 when he became the first American trainer to win at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England when 2-year-old colt Strike the Tiger captured the Windsor Castle Stakes. On the next day, 2-year-old filly Jealous Again, whom he also owned in a partnership, won the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes. Strike The Tiger and Jealous Again were among the five juveniles plus turf sprinter Cannonball that Ward ran at Royal Ascot during the meet. 
 
Shortly thereafter, Ward sold Jealous Again to the Darley Stable of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.  
 
Since shifting his family from California to Palm Beach County in 2006, Ward has had a rising impact at Gulfstream and has become known for his early development of 2-year-olds. 
 
Ward is active across the country and has won stakes in New York, Florida and important races in Kentucky, as well as CaliforniaSaddled One Hot Wish to a world record of 48.87 seconds over 4 1/2 furlongs in her debut at Keeneland in 2007. 
 
Scored his first stakes win in the 1994 Cinema Handicap at Hollywood Park with Unfinished Symph, who went on to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile that year at Churchill Downs. His first four Breeders’ Cup starters have all finished third.