Mr. McLaughlin currently has a barn of just over 120 horses. He was introduced to racing through his friendship with trainer James Burchell's son, Greg. He worked for the Lukas operation until February of 1992 to become the agent for jockey Chris Antley until November of 1993 when he started training for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum in Dubai. Early on he had worked for trainers James Burchell, John Hennig, Mark Casse, Dave Kassen and Tim Muckler before joining the D. Wayne Lukas stable at age 24. His large stable doesn’t leave Mr. McLaughlin with much time for hobbies, but he does manage to get some poker playing in now and then. McLaughlin nearly made it through Day 2 of the main event of the 2007 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.