Paul Kelley was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Maine where his father was a hockey coach at Colby College in Waterville. While growing up his family lived on a 45-acre farm and raced Shetland ponies. After obtaining a couple of Standardbred horses, they began racing them at Foxboro Raceway, Foxboro, Massachusetts. Paul's life has included owning and racing horses since then.
As Paul got older, his father continued coaching hockey teams like the Hartford/New England Whalers and also become president of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Paul's brother, David, entered the entertainment field creating television shows such as Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Public and is a partner in Kelley Racing Stable LLC. Mark, Paul's younger brother, is a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Paul's sister, Nancy (Kelley) Saucier maintains a small Sandardbred breeding farm in Waterville, Maine.
Paul attended Colby College from 1974 - 1977 and then took a job in the Department of Athletics at Boston University. He left Boston to fulfill his dream of becoming a horse trainer where he worked for Mr. Warren Strout in Lewiston, Maine and then Mr. Leo Bauer, at Pompano Park, Pompano, Florida and Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, Long Island, New York; and Mr. Ted Wing at Roosevelt Raceway and at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey. He considers both Leo Bauer and Ted Wing as mentors and being especially encouraging; teaching Paul a lot about practical horsemanship. Paul has had his own stable since 1995, either stabling at Saratoga Harness or private training facilities in the Saratoga area. He lives with his wife Joyce, and their two sons, Mark (14) and Sam (12) in Gansevoort, New York.
Paul is currently an active member of the United States Trotting Association, Standardbred Canada, Standardbred Owners Association of New York, Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey, and Harness Breeders of New York. When he isn't racing or training he enjoys Coaching Youth Hockey in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Paul's knowledge in training Standardbred race horses and horsemanship resulted in an invitation to join the Zweig Committee in 2005.