Jason Barkley earned his first career win as a trainer on Oct. 6, 2017, when Stella Nova pulled away to a 2 1/2-length on opening day of the Keeneland Race Course fall meeting. Find out more about the young, Kentucky-based trainer ...
What I do for a living: Train horses
What I like about Thoroughbred racing: It’s never felt like a job and you get to see the rewards of the work you put into the horses.
Biggest influence in my life has been: My dad, Jeff Barkley
If I wasn’t a trainer, I would be an: Architect or stand-up comedian
Best advice to someone considering becoming a Thoroughbred owner: Ride the wave, be ready for the ups and downs and be patient.
Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home? One place, stay at Churchill Downs
My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Live streaming races on Twitter, Amazon Prime, any/all apps that have the capability to get the sport in front of more people.
Other sports/teams I follow: Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Cardinals
My favorite athletes of all time: Dan Marino
What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: Keeneland condition book
Favorite magazines: BloodHorse and TDN
Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Fantasy Football — I’m defending champ in Ian Wilkes’ league.
Favorite movies: All the Marvel movies, “Oceans 11,” and “Sherlock Holmes”
Favorite TV shows I watch: “NCIS” and “Suits”
Favorite foods: Pizza, a good burger, and tacos
Favorite vacation spot: Don’t have time for many vacations as a trainer, but I did enjoy my trip to Maine
Favorite musician/band: Eric Church
Favorite actor: Robert Downey Jr.
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Mark Cuban, Jon Gruden, and Tom Segura
Best racetrack food can be found at: Saratoga
Accomplishment I am most proud of: Winning my first race on opening day at Keeneland.
My philosophy on life: Enjoy what you do and you will never work a day in your life.
Things I collect: Sports memorabilia
Favorite authors: Tim Capps
Favorite animal other than a horse: Allie, the family dog
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Miami Dolphins/New York Jets Monday Night Football Game
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Dream Come True
Top three fashion brands you prefer to wear: Ralph Lauren, Nike, and Under Armour
Favorite month of the year: April (Keeneland spring and my birthday)
What apps are on your phone: Twitter, Equibase, and just about every Fantasy Football app available
Favorite summer cocktail: Bourbon and Diet Coke
Favorite winter cocktail: Bourbon and Diet Coke
Favorite all-time racehorse: Wise Dan
Favorite racehorse currently competing: Bound for Nowhere
Favorite international racing event: Dubai World Cup
Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: Shorter race days, easier access to handicapping information, and more behind-the-scenes looks into the sport.
What do you drive for a car? 2015 Chevy Cruze
What’s your favorite gym exercise? The last one
Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Miami Dolphins
Esports: Yay or nay? Yay
Favorite restaurant: Back Porch Grill (Hot Springs, Ark.)
Last TV series you binge-watched was: “Boardwalk Empire”
College or pro football: Pro