Eoin Harty

Born: Nov. 23, 1962 in Dublin, Ireland
Resident: Arcadia, CA
Family: wife Kathy and son Eddie


  • Fifth-generation horseman whose father, Eddie, won the prestigious Grand National Steeplechase and competed in the Olympic Games' three-day event.
  • His father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather all trained horses.
  • Harty migrated to the United States at age 17 after working one year at Irish National Stud.

Racing background:

  • Spent 14 years as an assistant trainer in California with John Russell and Bob Baffert. Earned acclaim while working as Baffert's top assistant, helping craft the Kentucky and Preakness winning campaigns of Silver Charm and Real Quiet in 1997 and 1998, respectively.
  • During 1999 Breeders' Cup at Gulfstream, was contacted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Godolphin Racing about taking over a newly formed American stable of juvenile runners.
  • Made his training debut in 2000 with the Godolphin babies on the West Coast.
  • Harty worked with the juveniles in America before sending them to Dubai in the winter, where Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor prepared them for runs at the classics at age three.
  • Harty developed eventual Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (IRE) during his freshman season as well as 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Tempera. Other well-known "graduates" of his juvenile program include graded stakes winners Imperial Gesture, E Dubai, Ruler's Court and Essence Of Dubai.
  • Harty spent recent winters in Dubai working, but in 2003-4 remained stateside to train a growing number of horses for Maktoum's Darley Stable, including some older horses for the first time.
  • Harty currently operates a public stable on both the east and west coasts.

Harty Family Racing History From 1880

Eoin Harty's great-grandfather, Michael J. "Boss" Harty, followed his brothers Edmund and John into Irish racing in 1880 training and riding winners.

Boss Harty expanded his stable throughout Ireland and on to England and Wales. He trained and rode Specs to win at Manchester and Nottingham in 1894. Five of Boss's sons followed as successful horsemen. Henry became a leading jump jockey before and during WWI and later trained, and his son Harry rode, trained, and then became a racecourse official. Michael rode successfully in Ireland and India. George won the Galway Plate twice and later became a trainer. John was killed while riding at the Curragh in 1929.

Boss's son Cyril, Eoin's grandfather, successfully rode races and was also a member of the Irish Army showjumping team. He later trained Knight's Crest to win the 1944 Irish Grand National.

Cyril's sons Buster, Eddie and John were all jockeys and later trainers. John won just about every major jump race in Ireland as a jockey and enjoyed fair success as a trainer. His son Jonathan has followed as a trainer. Buster rode as an amateur before training and his daughter Sabrina trained her first winner at Roscommon in 2006. She is not the first female Harty to achieve success as a horseman. Her cousin Delma, Henry's daughter, was the first woman to train a winner at the Cheltenham Festival and later was the first woman ever to sit as an acting steward in Ireland.

Cyril's son Eddie, Eoin's father, competed for Ireland in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. As a professional jockey, he rode mainly in England and won the Grand National on Highland Wedding in 1969. Later as a Curragh trainer, he enjoyed his greatest successes with I'm Happy, Balgaddy, Persian Royale, Jonjas Chudleigh and Pylon Sparks. Eddie's other son Edward has recently begun to carry on the tradition as a winning Curragh trainer.

It remains to be seen whether either of Eoin's or Edward's sons, Eddie and Patrick respectively, will add their marks to the long and illustrious annals of Harty racing history.

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