Get to Know Trainer Jason Barkley

The Life
Trainer Jason Barkley at the barn and in the paddock at Churchill Downs. (Photos Courtesy of Jason Barkley)

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 top three favorite racetracks in order: Keeneland, Saratoga, Ellis Park

Courtesy of Jason Barkley

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.

Five websites I visit daily: DRF, Equibase, ESPN, Thoro-Graph, and Thoromanager

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing: Todd Pletcher, Johnny V [Velazquez], and Aidan O’Brien

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 charities: Make-A-Wish Foundation, PDJF

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

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