Josie Carroll
Trainer Bios

Josie Carroll

Born: December 8, 1957 in Scarborough, Ontario

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 12

Stakes Wins: 4

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2009 Alabama at Saratoga with Careless Jewel

First Stakes Win: 1995 Woodstock at Woodbine with Tethra

First Graded Stakes Win: 1999 Beaumont (G2) at Keeneland with Swingin On Ice

First Career Win: Sept. 21, 1994, at Woodbine with Lilac Charm

At Keeneland

Won the 2016 Commonwealth (G3) during the Spring Meet with Ami's Flatter.

First Keeneland win came during the 1995 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1998 Spinning World with Golden Mirage (IRE).

Also won the 1999 Beaumont (G2) with Swingin On Ice (1999) and 2014 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) with Leigh Court.


North American career earnings exceed $44 million with 793 wins through Dec. 2, 2018.

2017 earnings were $2,010,993 with 30 wins. Victories included the Presque Isle Downs Masters (G2) with Ami’s Mesa, Bessarabian (G2) with Moonlit Promise and Maple Leaf (G3) with Gamble’s Ghost.

2016 earnings were $2,378,367 with 30 wins, including the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) with Lukes Alley.

Trained Canadian champions Edenwold, 2005 2-year-old; Serenading, 2010 older female; Inglorious, 2011 3-year-old filly; Leigh Court, 2013 3-year-old filly; and Lukes Alley, 2014 older male.

2015 earnings were $2,075,252. Her 35 wins included the Cardinal Handicap (G3) at Churchill with Button Down (GB) and the Mazarine (G3) at Woodbine with Gamble’s Ghost.

​In 2014, won 35 races and earned $2,504,161. Won Canadian graded stakes with Karibu Gardens, Leigh Court and Luke’s Alley.

Became first female trainer to win the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most prestigious race, when she sent out Edenwold to win the race in 2006. Won a second Queen’s Plate in 2011 with the filly Inglorious.

Trained Careless Jewel to win the 2009 Alabama (G1), Delaware Oaks (G2) and Fitz Dixon Cotillion (G2).



Josie’s family was not involved in racing and she didn’t go to the races as a child, but she always had a passion for Thoroughbreds and horse racing. While pursuing a degree in equine studies at Humber College in Toronto, she had several internships, including one at Woodbine, and has never left the track.

She went to work for John Tammaro Sr., who at the time was training for Kinghaven Farm, and became his assistant traveling between Florida and Canada. When Tammaro split with Kinghaven, she remained with him. Returning to Canada, she worked for trainers Roger Attfield, Mac Benson at Windfields Farm and Mike Doyle.

Josie took out her trainer’s license in 1994 and has since been based at Woodbine, where she annually is among the leading trainers.