Wesley Ward was born March 3, 1968, in Selah, Wash. He and his wife Kimberly have three children - Riley, Jack and Denae.
Son of Washington trainer Dennis Ward, Ward was Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1984 when he won 335 races and more than $5 million in purses. Ward retired from the saddle in 1989 because of weight problems and assisted his father before going out on his own.
Ward made history in June of 2009 when he became the first American trainer to win at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England when two-year-old colt Strike the Tiger captured the Windsor Castle Stakes. On the very next day, two-year-old filly Jealous Again, whom he also owned in a partnership, won the Queen Mary Stakes (G2). Strike the Tiger and Jealous Again were among the five juveniles plus turf sprinter Cannonball that Ward ran at Royal Ascot during the meet.
Success overseas was nothing new for He used to split his stable between Southern California in the summer and Florida in the winter but in 2011 moved the entire operation to South Florida. His main clients are Ken and Sarah Ramsey, although he owns many of the horses he trains through partnerships. He breeds horses on his farm in Ocala, Fla.