Born in Kildare, Ireland, in 1979 to father Phillip McEntee and Mother Belinda McEntee. Carl is a fifth generation horseman. His father the late Phillip McEntee was champion Jockey in 1969 and a successful trainer until his passing in 1998. His Grandfather was Kennel Huntsman for the Meath and Lowth hunt and also a National Hunt Trainer, his Great Grandfather was again another trainer and his father before that. So steeped in thoroughbred history, that all four of Phillip's sons are heavily involved in the industry. Trainers / Owners/ Farm Managers.
Educated in England at Desborough Grammar School and then Cambridge, Carl was already deeply consumed by racing . Having ridden as an amateur on both the flat and national hunt in his late teens, Carl embarked on a journey that would lead to the inception of Ballysax Bloodstock. Possessing a global understanding of the Thoroughbred industry, Carl head's Ballysax Bloodstock LLC as Managing Partner. He has spent the past twenty-five years working in various capacities in Ireland, England, and the United States. He has worked as a Jockey (UK / IRE), Assistant Trainer (UK), Farm Manager (KY), General Manager (PA), and Director (MD) with the industry’s leading operations. He has previously served as a board member of the PHBA and MHBA, and is currently the Vice President of the KTFMC.
“HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing has benefited tremendously by working closely with Carl over the last decade in both sourcing and breeding decisions in the U.S. and U.K. creating significant value with HnR horses such as Finest City, Living the Life (IRE), Grand Prix and Daddy is a Legend.” Hank Nothhaft Owner HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing LLC”
"Over the past 10 years I have established both a professional and personal friendship with Carl McEntee. I was delighted to hear that Carl and his wife Rachel had created Ballysax Bloodstock. Carl's knowledge, integrity and communication has always impressed West Point Thoroughbreds, and we will be happy to work with Ballysax Bloodstock in the future"
Terry Finley, President and CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds
“I have had the pleasure of working with Carl on a variety of horse related opportunities and found Carl’s extensive knowledge and contacts throughout the thoroughbred industry to be a truly valuable asset. Having Carl as part of your team is a game changer.” Dean Reeves owner of Reeves Thoroughbreds
Over the past decade, together our partnerships have generated Excitement, Pride and Return on Investment.
* Scat Daddy x Randies Legend (2016) was sold as a weanling for $140,000.00 . She would be named Daddy is a Legend and is a current grade 3 winning two year old, unbeaten in her last two starts and finished second to Breeders Cup Juvenile Filly Turf winner Rushing Fall first time out
*McEntee and Nothhaft purchased Be Envied in foal to City Zip in 2011 for $35,000.00. She would produce from that mating FINEST CITY, Breeders Cup Sprint Champion and Elclipse award winner. Finest City sold for $1,500,000.00 at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in 2017. In addition Be Envied produced Multiple Stakes winning Grand Prix who still races under the HnR Banner.
*Living the Life.. Purchased as a three year old from Jamie Osborne's stable for $50,000.00 (US) in Febuary 2014. At the time she was a dual winner of $15,000.00(US) in purses. She would go on to win in excess of $1,000,000.00. Her wins included G2 Matsers Stakes in 2014 and 2015. The G3 All American Stakes (against the boys), The All-Weather Filly and Mare Sprint and the Camilla Urso Stakes. She was G1 placed in the Santa Margarita, G2 placed in the Masters Stakes, Santa Maria Stakes and the Great Lady M Stakes.