Wesley A. Ward
|Occupation||Jockey / Trainer|
|Birthplace||Selah, Washington, United States|
|Birth date||March 3, 1968|
|Career wins||Not found (ongoing as a trainer)|
|Major racing wins, honours & awards|
|Major racing wins|
As a jockey:|
Ancient Title Stakes (1985)
Distaff Handicap (1985)
As a trainer:
Will Rogers Handicap (1994)
San Francisco Mile Stakes (1995)
Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (1995)
Los Angeles Handicap (1997)
Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (2000, 2001)
Palos Verdes Handicap (2001)
San Miguel Stakes (2003)
Genuine Risk Handicap (2004)
Vagrancy Handicap (2004)
Windsor Castle Stakes (2009)
Queen Mary Stakes (2009)
|Ferdinand, Men's Exclusive|
Wesley A. Ward (born March 3, 1968 in Selah, Washington) is a retired American Champion jockey and a current trainer in Thoroughbred horse racing. He grew up in the horse racing industry, the son of trainer Dennis Ward.
In 1984, Wesley Ward was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey following a season in which he won riding championships at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and the Meadowlands Racetrack and rode 335 winners. He went on to compete at racetracks in Italy, Malaysia and Singapore before his battles with weight gain led to retirement in 1989.
Wesley Ward turned to training, first as an assistant to his father before going out on his own in 1993. He earned his first stakes win as a trainer in 1994 at Hollywood Park, winning the Cinema Handicap. Based in California, he also races at Gulfstream Park in Florida during the winter months.
On June 16, 2009, Ward became the first U.S.-based conditioner to ship a horse to England and win a stakes race at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting. Strike the Tiger, a 2-year-old gelding co-bred and co-owned by Ward, shocked the meet by taking the Windsor Castle Stakes at odds of 33-1. The following day, Ward sent out a 2-year-old filly named Jealous Again to claim an even bigger Ascot victory. She took the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes by a comfortable five lengths.
Ward also suffered setbacks at that Ascot meeting -- 4-year-old Cannonball was sixth in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes, and juveniles Yogaroo (Norfolk Stakes-G2), Aegean (Albany Stakes-G3) and Honor in Peace (Chesham Stakes) were also-rans in their events. But Cannonball was wheeled back on four days' rest, almost unheard of in American racing circles, and ran second in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes.