Brian Lynch
Trainer Bios

Brian Lynch

Born: May 1, 1964 in Brisbane, Australia

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 22

Stakes Wins: 4

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

At Keeneland

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

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

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.


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

North American career earnings exceed $38 million with 598 wins through Dec. 3, 2018.

2017 earnings were $4,048,617 with 43 wins, including the Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) with Oscar Performance, Bernard Baruch (G2) with Heart to Heart and Mother Goose (G2) with Unchained Melody.

2016 earnings were $3,785,944 with 47 wins, includig the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) with Oscar Performance, Lexus Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland with Lightstream and Ft. Lauderdale (G2) with Heart to Heart.

2015 earnings of $4,261,199 came in the most lucrative season of his career. His 42 wins included the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine with Shaman Ghost, Fourstardave (G2) at Saratoga and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland with Grand Arch and River City (G3) at Churchill with Heart to Heart.



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.

Today Brian has some 60 horses in training with divisions at Woodbine and Belmont. In the winter, he races in Florida, where he is based at Palm Meadows Training Center. In a nod to his Australian roots, Brian’s saddle towels feature a kangaroo.