Founder, Trainer, Bloodstock Agent
Trainer Ken McPeek retained his trainers license in 1985. In 2006, he purchased land as a base of operations for McPeek Racing and named it Magdalena Farm after the first matriarch of the land, Magdalena Weber Shely (b. 6/2/1793) and began to train co-owned horses under the name Magdalena Racing Partnerships .
Career highlights through April 15, 2016 include earnings of nearly $63 Million, earnings per start of $7,032, 1481 wins, 163 Stakes wins of which 70 are Graded, and purchasing and/or training 16 Grade 1 winners including Curlin, Harlan's Holiday, Einstein, Take Charge Lady, I'm a Chatterbox, Nobles' Promise, Tejano Run, Golden Ticket, Hard Buck, Rosalind, and Java's War. He won the Belmont Stakes in 2002 with long-shot Sarava.
In addition, Ken is the Founder of Horse Races Now, the comprehensive iPhone and Android horse racing APP. (do NOT print this but please link the words "Horse Races Now" to www.horseracesnow.com)
He serves on the Board of Directors for National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) , Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine’s Search Committee for the Equine Veterinary Medical Director for Cornell College in 2013, University of Kentucky College of Ag-Equine Program Advisory Committee. He is a member of Thoroughbred Club of America, The Keeneland Club, Turf Club at Churchill Downs, Lexington Country Club, Hurstbourne Country Club, and The Saratoga Reading Rooms.
View Ken McPeek's Resume Here.
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Director Client Services/Public Relations
Cyndi's career in advertising/marketing/public relations has evolved from a manufacturing and retail niche to one almost exclusively equine, dove-tailing with her love of horses. She joined Magdalena Racing Partnership full time in 2015, formerly working on a project to project basis. Cyndi oversees new owner development, works as a liaison with current owners, and handles the marketing/public relations.
She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon graduation from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in English, she stayed in Lexington and with a collegue formed Greathouse + Hardwick advertising agency. Former equine industry clients include Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), Ballantrae Farm, Churchill Downs, Fares Farm, dot Horse, Saddle Candy, Horse Jazz, Carriage Station Farm/Cathy Wieschhoff, and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.
Over they last 20 years she has been active in many equine organizations, which currently include the United States Eventing Association's Area 8, Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association, and the Kentucky Dressage Association. She rides and competes her Thoroughbred, Still Crazy After All (Lasting Approval - Crazy Cyd by Wavering Monarch), and her pony in Dressage, Combined Tests, and Fox Hunting. Her two sons grew up riding and competing Thoroughbreds off the track. Cyndi also volunteers to help equine welfare, primarily as the Founder of Horse Aid Live and as one of the organizers of the charitable Derby Eve Lexington.
Stable Manager/Assistant Trainer, Lexington, KY
Alan began working for Magdalena/McPeek in 2007 as an Assistant Trainer spending the majority of his time in Florida. Currently, he is based in Lexington and is the Stable Manager for the McPeek/Magdalena horses training at Keeneland Race Course. Di, he attended The Irish National Stud course.
Growing up in Central Kentucky, Alan developed a love of horses at a young age. While earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at the University Of Kentucky, he was exposed to many equine disciplines and breeds. After graduation in 2005, his passion for horses continued. Alan decided on a career in the Thoroughbred industry and in 2006 attended The Irish National Stud course in County, Kildare, Ireland.
During the Winter of 2009, Alan met his wife Trisha in Wellington, Florida. They were married in 2012 and are the proud parents of two lovely daughters, Taylor and Reagan.
Assistant Trainer/Farm Manager , Lexington, KY
Michael joined Magdalena Racing more than 6 years ago. He is based in Lexington and manages the general care, veterinarian liaison, and training schedules for the horses stabled at Magdalena Farm. He has also managed McPeek divisions for horses training at Keeneland, Payson Training Center, and Oaklawn Park. Michael has trained winners at tracks throughout the Midwest including Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Turfway, Arlington Park, and Ellis Park.
Formerly, Michael was an independent Thoroughbred trainer who also worked at Keeneland during the sales for large consignors. fHis involvement in the horse industry extends beyond Thoroughbred racing. Michael started showing and training Quarter Horses in 1979 including representing the Equestrian Team at Morehead State University, from which he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. He also attended Findlay University.
Growing up in Frankfort, Kentucky as the son of Thoroughbred trainer Rick Hiles, Jeff spent his the summers of his childhood traveling and working on the backside of tracks. He decided to follow his dreams of becoming a trainer in 2015, and joined the McPeek/Magdalena Team as an Assistant Trainer. Currently, he lives in Frankfort, Kentucky and spends the winter months with our stable at Oaklawn Park.
Prior to training horses, Jeff joined marines at the age of 21 and was stationed in Hawaii for four years where he was a Primary Marksmanship Instructor and obtained the rank of Sergeant. He also attended the University of Kentucky and Hawaii Pacific University studying finance.
Farm Grounds Manager
Jeff keeps Magdalena's mechanics running smoothly. From the grounds and turf to the buildings and machinery, Jeff continually stays on top of the upkeep and maintenance to allow the rest of the Magdalena Racing Team to focus on giving the horses the best care possible.
Shawn started working for Magdalena in 2006, starting out part-time while at Lexmark and full-time since 2011. If you call the office, you'll likely speak with Shawn, who thankfully seems to be able to keep everything running smoothly.
Shawn has been around horses his entire life, getting his first pony at age five. He retained his Trainers License at 19 years old and and has trained, broke, and ridden a multitude of great horses, three two-year-old Champions including Outstandingly, Phone Chatter and Meadow Star. Shawn says he has been fortunate to work for some very good horsemen throughout my career such as Bill Graves, John Williams, Don Snellings, Charles Hundley and Kenny McPeek, just to name a few.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2000 with a computer degree, he worked for Lexmark, The Jockey Club Technologies, Twinspires, and Horse Races Now. He enjoys working for Magdalena/McPeek Racing and with Horse Races Now. He hasa son, Patrick Neil Autry, that is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and hopes to start law school soon.