Stephanie Cooley

Stephanie is a native of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.  Her introduction to the horse industry came about at a very young age when she started riding hunter/jumpers and coming to Arlington Park with her father.  Cigar was the first race horse to whom she was introduced. 

Stephanie graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2010.  During her last semester she completed a five month internship at KESMARC (Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center). 

Upon graduation, Stephanie landed a job at the beautiful and world renowned WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY.  While there, she worked in the newly built training facility for almost two years and in charge of operating and maintaining the Rehabilitation unit including the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, Aquatred, and Vibration plates. She worked with a number of Grade 1 winners including Arlington Million winner
Little Mike, Graydar, Shackleford, Drosselmeyer and Super Saver.  She also had the opportunity to work the foaling season at WinStar in 2012.

Aspiring to learn more about the Thoroughbred industry, Stephanie had the select opportunity to intern for West Point Thoroughbreds in the summer of 2012 in Saratoga Springs, NY.  As she states: “Working for West Point really helped me understand more of the business side of the industry; instead of working hands on with the horses, I was working with their connections, it was a great learning experience.”  After her internship, Stephanie has been working part-time Thoroughbred sales down in Kentucky for James Keogh, including yearlings, of racing age, and breeding stock sales. 

Stephanie is excited to be spending the summer working at the track where she grew up.  “Horse racing is my true passion” she says, “I’m really excited to be here and to teach and share my passion with the people here at Arlington.  We in the racing industry need to do everything in our power to ignite and sustain the passion of the sport for the younger generation.”