Kelsey Danner Earns First Career Training Victory At Turfway Saturday

by | 01.13.2018 | 5:42pm
Kelsey Danner celebrated her first win as a trainer on Saturday at Turfway Park

Trainer Kelsey Danner, 32, scored her first career training win Saturday, Jan. 13, when 3-year-old filly Majestic Bold broke her maiden in the first race at Turfway Park.

The milestone win came with Danner's ninth starter. The trainer also counts one second-place finish.

A self-described “backside rat,” Danner is the daughter of trainer Mark Danner. She took out her first industry license at 16 as her dad's employee and exercise rider at Oaklawn Park and at 18 became his assistant. In the mid-2000s, she signed on to gallop horses for Wayne Lukas and followed that assignment with 10 years as an assistant to such notable trainers as Carl Nafzger, Ian Wilkes, Rusty Arnold and, for the most recent five years, Wayne Catalano.

Danner took out her trainer's license in the early summer of 2017. She currently has 10 horses in her stable, divided between Keeneland and Oaklawn. Danner makes her home in Georgetown, Ky.

Racing is a longtime family affair for Danner. Besides her father, her cousin Doug Danner also is a trainer, as were her maternal grandparents; her maternal grandfather, Harry Holcomb, was a jockey before turning to training. Her mother, Kelly Danner, is manager of racing operations for Churchill Downs.

Majestic Bold, a Majestic Warrior filly out of Boldy, was making her second start for Danner. Previously trained by Steve Asmussen, the filly was claimed in November for owners Evelyn and Darrell Yates out of a race at Churchill Downs. Sent off the 3-1 second choice on Saturday, Majestic Bold had the lead by the half-mile point of the 6 1/2-furlong claiming race and held on to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Rogelio Miranda was in the irons.

  • Billy

    Seen SILENTIO is racing again why???….this horse was retired from racing and sent to stud for a reason…..gettin pretty tired of seeing stakes horses retired and coming back as claimers or just continuing to drop through the ranks its not right for any horse they give their all and get s&$% in return

    • really

      get a job claim him and retire him instead of whining

      • Billy

        Is that the best you got?….im sorry if you feel i should be the one to retire him…if i had the 20k i would…i do work everyday….this horse made 700k was sent off to stud and aparently had a failed career their, so back into racing he goes…..its never enough is keep squeezing and squeezing until theres nothing left to get out of them….. graded stakes horse to claimer when tom brady retires hed not comin back years later in the canadian league…..you watch the race if not you should before you say im whining….ill cry for the horse even tho he cant even if its on your deaf ears

  • Surge

    Danners have had multiple drug violations and only run cheap, very CHEAP nickel claimers….. whole family isn’t worth the oats they feed their string.

    • Alex

      I agree… the Danner’s are a classic loser trackside family – uneducated and unsuccessful. No hopes of ever doing anything else besides shoveling manure. Sad!!

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