WinStar Farm has named David Hanley as the Director of Development for the Versailles-based operation. Hanley will primarily work in the areas of client development and bloodstock development, both for the farm and racing stable.
“David brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for young horses. Combine that with his character, and I am very excited for him to join our team at WinStar,” said Elliott Walden, President & CEO of WinStar.
An Ireland native, Hanley comes to WinStar with over 30 years of experience working in the Thoroughbred industry, both in Europe and North America. He got his start in Europe, where he worked on both horse farms and racetracks, mostly in Ireland. Hanley served as private trainer for Whitechurch Stud, and also as a public trainer, breeder and pinhooker. He conditioned several Group and Graded winners, including Grade 1 winner Golden Apples (Ire) – a filly he was also the co-breeder of.
In 2001, Hanley and his family moved to Lexington, KY to expand his bloodstock interests. He has had a hand in breeding, buying or pinhooking such top American-based horses as Grade 1 winners Pool Play, Forest Secrets and Ultimate Eagle, as well as many other graded stakes winners.
“I am honored to be joining the already stellar team at WinStar Farm, and look forward to the challenge of being a part of their future success,” said Hanley.