Faculty and Staff Bios


Remi Bellocq – Executive Director, BCTC Equine Programs

Remi Bellocq

  • 1984 / Bachelor of Science, Major in Agriculture, Concentration in Race Track Management, University of Arizona;
  • 1984 – 2001 / Management positions at various race tracks across the U.S. including such noted facilities as: Santa Anita Park (CA), Hollywood Park (CA), Del Mar (CA), Belmont Park (NY) and Longacres (WA);
  • 2001 – 2010: CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the largest horsemen’s representative trade association in North Americe with over 35,000 members across 30 affiliated state and provincial offices

Chris McCarron – Adjunct Instructor (Focus: Jockey Pathway)

Chris McCarron

  • Member, Racing Hall of Fame;
  • Six Triple Crown victories:
    • Kentucky Derby: 1987 on ALYSHEBA, 1994 on GO FOR GIN
    • Preakness: 1987 on ALYSHEBA, 1992 on PINE BLUFF
    • Belmont: 1986 on DANZIG CONNECTION, 1997 on TOUCH GOLD
  • Nine Breeders' Cup victories:
    • BC Classic: 1998 on ALYSHEBA, 1989 on SUNDAY SILENCE, 1996 on ALPHABET SOUP, 2001 and 2002 on TIZNOW
    • BC Sprint: PRECISIONIST, 1985
    • BC Distaff: PASEANA, 1992
    • BC Juvenile: GILDED TIME, 1992
    • BC Turf: NORTHERN SPUR, 1995
  • Competed as a professional jockey for 28 years; Retired: June 23, 2002, as all-time leader in earnings category (over $260 million in purse earnings) and moved to seventh in the win category with 7,141 winners;
  • Led nation in races won: 1974, 1975 and 1980;
  • Led nation in money won: 1980, 1981 and 1984;
  • First jockey in history to reach the $200 million earnings plateau;
  • Color analyst for major races, including Triple Crown events and the Breeders' Cup, on ABC, NBC, ESPN, HDNet & TVG;
  • Served as race designer for the feature film Seabiscuit and played the role of Charlie Kurtsinger, War Admiral' s jockey;
  • Champions Ridden:
  • Alysheba, John Henry, Paseana, Precisionist, Lady' s Secret, Sunday Silence, Flawlessly, Glorious Song, Turkoman, Bayakoa, Northern Spur and Tiznow.

Dixie Hayes – Faculty Instructor/Program Coordinator (Focus: Horseman’s Pathway)

  • 2008 / Bachelor of Arts, Major in Equine Studies, Concentration in Management; Midway College.
  • 2004-2009 / Assistant Farm Manager; Linhaven Farm, Versailles, KY;
  • 2005-2010 / Thoroughbred Trainer; Licensed in KY, OH and WV; 60% on the board record;
  • 2009 / Farm Manager; Frankfort Park Farm, Lexington, KY;
  • May 2010 – March 2012 / Equine Worker & Assistant Manager, Hall of Champions, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY;
  • January 2011 – March 2012 / Instructor; North American Racing Academy and Midway College;
  • March 2012 / Academic Coordinator & Instructor; North American Racing Academy. 

Francois Parisel – Barn Manager


Francois Parisel

  • Over 30 years as a licensed trainer, assistant trainer and farm manager for some of racing’s major stables including:
    • Buckram Oak Racing Stable and Buckram Oak Farm/Training Center (Trainer)
    • Fab Oak Farm (Trainer)
    • Niall O’Callaghan Racing Stables (Assistant Trainer)
    • Burk Kessinger Racing Stable (Assistant Trainer)
    • Big Sink Farm (Assistant Farm Manager)
  • Graded Stakes Winners Trained:
    • BC Turf winner Nownownow, Baroness Thatcher, La Traviata, Cosmonaut, Danzon and Gervazy.
  • Graduate of the French Racing School; Licensed professional jockey in France during the late ‘60s early ‘70s.

 Alicia Benben - Adjunct Instructor

           Alicia Benben
  • 2011 - Bachelor of Professional Studies in Management, Equine Business Management Specialization, Cazenovia College
  • 2011-2012 - Administrative Assistant, Equi-Force Equine Products, Lexington, Ky.
  • 2011-2012 - Stable Worker, John Booker, Jr. Racing, Lexington, Ky.
  • 2012-2013 - Assistant Trainer, Silver Wing Stables, Versailles, Ky.
  • 5 years of Sport Horse industry background prior to working in the Thoroughbred industry