Eddie Kenneally
Trainer Bios

Eddie Kenneally

Born: June 19, 1966 in West Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 80

Stakes Wins: 5

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2006 Ashland at Keeneland with Bushfire

First Stakes Win: 1999 Illinois Cavalier at Hawthorne with Cuchulainn’s Honor

First Graded Stakes Win: 2003 Silverbulletday (G2) at Fair Grounds with Belle of Perintown

First Career Win: Dec. 1, 1993, at Turfway Park with Mertensia

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2011

Santiva

9th

At Keeneland


During the 2017 Spring Meet, won the Central Bank Ashland (G1) with Sailor's Valentine.

Won first Keeneland race during the 1996 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2006 Ashland (G1) with Bushfire for the first Grade 1 win of his career.

Won 2006 Phoenix Breeders’ Cup (G3) with Kelly’s Landing, who won the 2007 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1). Kelly’s Landing has been a stable pony.

Career


North American career earnings exceed $35 million with 883 wins through Dec. 2, 2018.

2017 earnings were $1,973,731 from 43 wins, including the Central Bank Ashland (G1) at Keeneland with Sailor’s Valentine.

2016 earnings were $2,163,484 with 45 wins, including the Stephen Foster (G1) and Monmouth Cup (G2) with Bradester.

2015 earnings were $2,540,321 with 44 wins, including the Monmouth Cup (G2) and Salvator Mile (G3) with Bradester and the Iowa Derby (G3) with Bent on Bourbon.

2014 earnings were $3,161,682 with 59 wins, including the Ack Ack (G3) with Bradester.

Won the 2007 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) with Kelly's Landing.

Won first Grade 1 races in 2006 – Ashland, Acorn, and Mother Goose – all with Bushfire, an Eclipse Award finalist.

Background


Eddie grew up around horses. His father, Tommy, rode hunters and broke horses, and his uncle John Kenneally was a steeplechase jockey who became a flat and steeplechase trainer. In the 1964 Aintree Grand National, his uncle finished second aboard Purple Silk, beaten a nose. Eddie’s brother, Johnny, operates Erinvale Thoroughbreds, one of the largest consignors in Australia.

After working for Camas Park Stud in Ireland, Eddie came to the U.S. in 1987 to prep Camas horses for American sales.

After a year, he began working at the race track, breaking yearlings and exercising horses and then became an assistant trainer. He worked for Rusty Arnold, Tom Skiffington and Niall O’Callaghan. Eddie took his first training job in 1994 as the private conditioner for Jack Kent Cooke, who owned Elmendorf Farm. After Cooke died in 1997, he opened a public stable.