Kiaran McLaughlin
Trainer Bios

Kiaran McLaughlin

Born: November 16, 1960 in Lexington, Ky.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 62

Stakes Wins: 11

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2003 Man o’ War at Belmont Park with Lunar Sovereign

First Stakes Win: 1995 New Castle at Delaware Park with Grafin

First Graded Stakes Win: 1995 Keeneland Breeders’ Cup (G3) with Dumaani

First Career Win: Dec. 31, 1993, at Jebel Ali with Lead the Dance

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2015 Classy Class 5th


Charitable Man



Closing Argument





At Keeneland

Won four races on April 15, 2017, including the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) with Dickinson and Ben Ali (G3) with Watershed. All four winners were owned by Godolphin Racing Lessee. He joins Bill Mott and Todd Pletcher as trainers of four winners on one day.

Won first Keeneland race during the 1995 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1995 Keeneland Breeders’ Cup (G3) with Dumaani, who also won the race in 1996.

Won four stakes in 2008, including two Grade 1 races: Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup with Alwajeeha and Ashland with Little Belle.


Triple Crown wins: 2006 Belmont (G1) with Jazil.

Breeders’ Cup wins (3): 2006 Classic with Invasor (ARG); 2007 Filly and Mare Turf with Lahudood (GB); 2016 Dirt Mile with Tamarkuz.

Trained 2006 Horse of the Year and champion older male Invasor (ARG), 2007 champion turf female Lahudood (GB) and 2012 champion 3-year-old filly Questing (GB).

North American career earnings exceed $114 million with 1,512 wins through Dec. 2, 2018.

2017 earnings were $6,147,524 with 73 wins, including Grade 1 victories in the Vosburgh with Takaful and the Coolmore Jenny Wiley at Keeneland with Dickinson.

2016 earnings were $9,459,289 with 73 wins, incuding the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) with Tamarkuz; Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and Whitney (G1) with Frosted; and Ogden Phipps (G1) and Personal Ensign (G1) with Cavorting.

2015 earnings were $9,635,721 with 93 wins, including Grade 1 victories by Frosted in the Wood Memorial, Cavorting in the Test, and Wedding Toast in the Ruffian, Ogden Phipps and Beldame. 

2014 earnings were $5,317,350 with 70 wins, including the Adirondack (G2) with Cavorting and the Holy Bull (G2) with Cairo Prince.

Scored his 1,000th North American career win on March 16, 2012, at Aqueduct with Que Posse in the eighth race.

In 2007, won Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (G1) with Invasor (ARG), Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile (G1) with Daaher and Stephen Foster (G1) with Flashy Bull.

Leading trainer at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai three times: 1994-1995, 1995-1996 and 2002-2003.

Shipped multiple Keeneland stakes winner Dumaani to Japan in 1995 and won the $1.5 million Keio Hai Spring Cup at odds of 56-1.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, he takes daily medication and is an active advocate for the disease. He was honored as the MS Champion by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Kentucky-Southeast Indiana chapter at its 2006 Dinner of Champions fundraiser.


Although Kiaran’s family had no connection with racing, he became involved in the sport through his friend, Greg Burchell, the son of trainer James Burchell, and his first job was as a hotwalker. He attended the University of Kentucky before deciding he was more interested in the race track. Moving up to groom, foreman and assistant trainer for Burchell, Mark Casse, John Hennig (later to become his father-in-law), Dave Kassen and Tim Muckler, he received his first big break when he joined the staff of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas as an assistant trainer in January 1985.

After spending 1992 and 1993 as a jockey agent for the late Chris Antley, Kiaran became a trainer for the Maktoum family in 1993. He spent the next 10 years between Dubai and New York, working for Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan and winning three training titles at Nad Al Sheba.

In 2003, he returned to the U.S. and set up a public stable. He is assisted by his brother Neal.