Bret Calhoun
Trainer Bios

W. Bret Calhoun

Born: May 12, 1964 in Dallas, Texas

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 33

Stakes Wins: 7

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2010 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs with Dubai Majesty

First Stakes Win: 1997 Sam Houston Oaks at Sam Houston Race Park with Sweet Misty

First Graded Stakes Win: 2003 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) at Arlington Park with Cactus Ridge

First Career Win: April 1, 1994, at Trinity Meadows with Ramjet

At Keeneland

Sent out Finley'sluckycharm to win the 2017 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) during the Fall Meet and the 2018 Madison (G1) during the Spring Meet.

Won first Keeneland race during the 2007 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2008 Shakertown (G3) with Mr. Nightlinger. Won the race again in 2014 with Marchman.

Trained Dubai Majesty, winner of the 2009 Buffalo Trace Franklin County. A year later, she won the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) en route to a victory in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) and the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter.


Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2010 Filly and Mare Sprint with champion Dubai Majesty and Turf Sprint with Chamberlain Bridge.

North American career earnings exceed $77 million with 2,984 wins through Dec. 3, 2018.

2017 earnings were $3,966,533 from 129 wins, including the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) during Keeneland’ Fall Meet with Finley’sluckycharm and the Pocahontas (G2) with Patrona Margarita.

2016 earnings were $4,357,325 with 146 wins, including the Dwyer (G3) with Fish Trappe Road.

2015 earnings were $5,201,448 with 177 wins, including the Eight Belles (G3) with Promise Me Silver and the Bashford Manor (G3) with He’s Comin in Hot, both at Churchill, and the Delta Downs Princess (G3) with Jet Black Magic.

2014 earnings were $5,260,134 with 168 wins. Won three Grade 3 stakes: Shakertown and Twin Spires Turf Sprint, both with Marchman, and Eight Belles with Fiftyshadesofgold.

2013 earnings were $4,839,703 with 142 wins, including the Winning Colors (G3) with Beat the Blues, Chicago Handicap (G3) with Cozze Up Lady and Schuylerville (G3) with Bahnah.

Won three stakes on Jan. 19, 2013, at Sam Houston Race Park: Groovy with Worldventurer, Spirit of Texas with Gold Element and Star of Texas with Coyote Legend.

Won his 2,000th race on April 19, 2012, with Forty Winks at Lone Star Park.

Won 13 stakes with Chamberlain Bridge from 2008-2012, topped by the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2).

Won nine stakes with Texas-bred Gold Coyote between 2007-2009.


Bret’s father, William “Buddy” Calhoun, owned and trained Thoroughbreds at Louisiana Downs. The two claimed a few horses together and Bret began training them, taking out his trainer’s license in 1993. He saddled his first runners the following year.