Founder and Executive Team
Kenny McPeek, Co-Founder/Chairman Kenny was raised in Lexington, Kentucky and discovered his love of horses early in life. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Finance, he followed his heart and, after his start with fellow Lexingtonian “Shug” McGaughey, he obtained his trainer’s license in 1985. He now manages his own 160-horse stable, and has a proven eye for an athlete, selecting “diamonds in the rough” at yearling and 2-year-old in training sales in the U.S. and around the world. His selections like Curlin, Einstein (BRZ), Repent, Take Charge Lady and Tejano Run, to name just a few, have earned him the respect of fellow horsemen. He has won over 140 stakes races, including the Belmont and Travers Stakes, and has been leading trainer at Keeneland and Churchill Downs on multiple occasions.
Chris Carper, President and CEO Mr. Carper is recognized as a tech industry leader with more than 30 years of experience including more than 19+ years at Microsoft. He is recognized as a pioneer of Internet and Digital Media, where he has spent his career working on Internet and Digital Media Technologies. Mr. Carper started with Microsoft in 1995, and quickly moved to Redmond to become a key member of the Internet Explorer team and was responsible for driving adoption of the Windows, Macintosh and Unix versions of the browsers. Mr. Carper’s efforts helped to propel Internet Explorer and to become the worlds most used browser.
DeeDee Douglas, Business Development Manager DeeDee Douglas has extensive credentials in the horse racing industry having worked with many of the top companies in the sport. Some of the companies include Thoroughbred Times, Betfair/TVG and the the Daily Racing Form. “Over the years I have made some wonderful friends and contacts in the horse racing world and it’s going to be great to help them generate more exposure for their companies through our app. And, to do it with a team of top professionals like we have here at Horse Races Now, is simply icing on the cake,” said Douglas.
Before the App
McPeek Racing McPeek Racing’s success has had a lot of do with Kenny’s talent for finding and developing young horses, his straightforward approach to working with horse owners, and his communication with all the major players in the Thoroughbred racing industry. McPeek has won over 120 stakes in his career so far, with over 50 of them graded, and has trained over 1,200 winners and counting – earning over $50 million in purses. Learn more by visiting the McPeek Racing website at: www.magdalenaracing.com
Origin of Horse Races Now After watching a television show on MSNBC that foretold the future importance of smartphone applications entitled “Planet of the Apps”, Kenny decided to see what kind of horse racing apps were available. After a search turned up nothing, the idea to create Horse Races Now was born. The app’s mission is to increase the shrinking fan base of horse racing by creating an easy-to-use mobile application that allows the user to follow their favorites through push notification reminders. Kenny and Sue are determined to provide a full compliment of live racing feeds, race replays, current news and handicapping tools. Their belief is that by allowing both existing and potential fans easy access to watch horse racing whenever and wherever they go, the industry as a whole will benefit. Their personal investment in this project is their way to “give back” to a sport they love and support.