Trainer McGee notches 300th Churchill Downs win
Paul McGee became just the 14th trainer in Churchill Downs history to reach the 300-win milestone at the historic Louisville track when Jay Em Ess Stable’s Storm Cloud Coming crossed the line first in Sunday’s fifth race.
Ten of McGee’s 300 Churchill Downs wins came in stakes events, including the 1988 Clark Handicap (GIII) with Balthazar B. and the 2003 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) with Honor in War. Overall, the 49-year-old Louisville native has saddled 925 winners. His first career win came at Churchill Downs nearly 25 years ago on June 23, 1987.
“It’s very flattering,” McGee said. “It’s special (that the win came for Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable). They’ve been big supporters of mine. I don’t know how many of the 300 were for Samantha, but I know it’s a lot of them.”