Birthdate: March 3, 1968
Birthplace: Selah, Wash.
Family: wife, Kimberly; children Riley, Jack and Denae
Ward, the son of Washington trainer Dennis Ward and grandson of New York outrider Jim Dailey, reached the 1,000-win plateau in September 2011.
Wesley Ward took out his trainer's license in 1991 after ending a successful career as a jockey in 1989, which included an Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice in 1984.
Ward's first career stakes win and graded stakes win came with Unfinished Nymph in the 1994 Will Rogers Handicap.
Ward has earned a reputation as a master with 2-year-olds.
In 2009, Ward made history when on his first trip to England he became the first American trainer to win at Royal Ascot. Of the five 2-year-olds he shipped, two won: Windsor Castle Stakes winner Strike the Tiger, a gelding he bred and owned in partnership; and Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes winner Jealous Again, also owned in partnership. In 2013, he won the Norfolk Stakes with No Nay Never before shipping the 2-year-old colt back to Europe for the Prix Morny, a race he also won.
In 2014, Ward won at Royal Ascot with Hootenanny and finished second in another race with Sunset Glow. Hootenanny went on to win the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, one of the highlights of Ward's results at the event. He also won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint with Judy the Beauty, finished second in the Juvenile Turf with Pick of the Litter, second in the Juvenile Fillies Turf with Sunset Glow, and also finished second and third with No Nay Never and Undrafted in the Turf Sprint. Overall, Ward sent six horses to the Breeders' Cup with none of them finishing worse than third.