Paul McGee, KTA-KTOB Board of Director
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Paul was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1962 and resides there with wife Angie, who manages payroll for McGee's public stable. They have four children - Matthew, Margaret, Alex and Eddie.

Paul grew up in the Derby City where he and his three siblings – all first-generation horsemen – developed their interest in racing through their proximity to Churchill Downs.  Brother Marty is a columnist for the Daily Racing Form; younger sister Amy is married to and keeps the books for Southern California-based trainer Ron Ellis whose stable includes Declan's Moon, 2004's 2-year-old champion; and older sister Susan has previously worked in group sales for Hollywood Park.  Paul got his start in racing at age 15 by walking hots for conditioner Jerry Calvin and later galloped horses for trainers Angel Montano Sr. and Carl Bowman.  After attending Louisville’s St. Xavier High School, he graduated from Bellarmine University with a degree in chemistry. “My Dad sells water treatment chemicals,” McGee said. “It was kind of a fall-back.  If it didn't work out at the racetrack, I would go to work for him. He never objected to me coming to the racetrack. He’s 100 percent behind me."

Paul took out his trainer's license in 1987 and saddled his first winner, Pabarene, at Churchill Downs that year.  Graded stakes winners include Eyes On Eddy, Balthazar B., Bet On Sunshine, Dream Run, Honor in War, I Believe in You, Miss Pickums, Suave and Twilight Road.  Earned first outright training title at the winter/spring meet at Turfway Park that concluded in 2007.  McGee's Breeders' Cup appearances came with Suave, who finished fifth in the 2005 Classic, and Bet On Sunshine, who finished third in the Sprint in 1997 and 2000 and 13th in 2001.  “He was a foundation horse for me and a lot of people associate me with that horse,” he said of Bet On Sunshine, who continued to race until he was a 10-year-old and retired with nearly $1.5 million in earnings.  At age 15, Bet On Sunshine lives a life of leisure at Hermitage Farm near Goshen, Ky.  McGee visits Bet On Sunshine and reports that he is doing very well.  When asked to compare Suave with Bet On Sunshine, McGee said, "There is similar sentiment.  Anytime you get to this level, it is exciting."  McGee calls Suave extra special because he is a homebred for the father-daughter team of Mace and Samantha Siegel.  “He has been a classy horse all along but 2005 was a breakthrough year for him despite the nagging quarter crack,” and McGee said the results were worth the wait.  

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