Derby Dreams

Bridget Lambert, assistant trainer/groom for Ride On Curlin
Twinspires.com presents Derby Dreams: The Paddock Cheering Section

When the Kentucky Derby field emerges from the Churchill Downs tunnel onto the track Saturday, some of the entrants’ loudest cheering sections won’t be found in the stands or on millionaires’ row. The grooms who pour the feed, wrap the legs, and clean the tack may not get much attention from the news crews, but […]

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Ride On Curlin gets a hug from Calvin Borel after breaking a track record in his second start
Twinspires.com presents Derby Dreams: Ride On Curlin

“My very first thought when I decided to be a horse trainer was, ‘Well, I’m going to win the Kentucky Derby,’” said trainer Billy Gowan. “I thought it was going to be easy.” It has taken Gowan 20 years to get to there, but he finally has his opportunity. The conditioner of Ride On Curlin […]

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Trainer Jose Garoffallo and Wildcat Red
Twinspires.com presents Derby Dreams: Wildcat Red

After Wildcat Red’s second career start, a win in an allowance contest at Gulfstream, Josie Martino Delfino told her husband Salvatore, “We’re going to Kentucky.” The colt by D’wildcat is only the second racehorse the couple has ever owned, but that didn’t diminish Josie’s certainty. “He’s one in a million,” said Josie. “We’ve met so […]

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Perry and Denise Martin  (left) and Steve and Carolyn Coburn
Twinspires.com presents Derby Dreams: California Chrome

Most owners, if they found themselves with a horse like California Chrome that showed such exceptional talent and potential in the spring of his three-year-old season, would naturally have Derby dreams. For Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, those dreams actually began three years ago. “I knew he was going to be a special horse the […]

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Mylute breezes at Churchill Downs
Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Mylute

When Paul Bulmahn sat down to a business lunch at Maker’s Mark in May 2002, he had no idea how much the affair would change his life. Bulmahn, who was being honored for his accomplishments at the helm of ATP Oil and Gas Company, found himself sitting next to an affable lunch companion, and the […]

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Goldencents in his early days at Rosecrest Farm
Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Goldencents

When Chuck and Lyra Miller retired to the heart of the Bluegrass in 2005, they decided to fulfill a lifelong ambition of starting a small Thoroughbred breeding operation. Only in their wildest dreams could they have imagined they’d be the breeders of a Kentucky Derby contender within just seven years. Now, the Millers will be […]

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Orb wins the Florida Derby
Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Orb

The Phipps and Janney families are two of the most recognizable names in the sport of racing.  Rich equine bloodlines that go back decades have produced names like Bold Ruler, Ruffian, and Personal Ensign. But surprisingly, the families – alone or in partnership – have never won the Kentucky Derby. The Phipps family has owned […]

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Verrazano in training at Palm Meadows. Photo Pam DiOrio.
Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Verrazano

For Verrazano part-owners Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan of Let’s Go Stables, the last year has taken a storybook turn even they couldn’t have predicted. Sullivan, 36, and Scatuorchio, 31, who launched Let’s Go in 2006, decided to inspire investors with a Derby Dreams partnership.  They bought a group of 2-year-olds hand-picked by trainer Todd […]

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Will Take Charge bests Oxbow in Rebel Stakes
Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Will Take Charge

Owner Willis D. Horton has been around this game long enough to know it’s risky to get your hopes too high for the Kentucky Derby. Horton has owned quite a few nice horses over the years but not one of them has made it into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. “It’s […]

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Vyjack with trainer Rudy Rodriguez after a morning workout
Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Vyjack

David Wilkenfeld has never been afraid to dream big, and Kentucky Derby contender Vyjack is no exception. Wilkenfeld, who races under Pick Six Racing, said he wanted to find a way to get more involved in the game after cashing several Pick 6 tickets worth six and seven figures over the years. Business gambles have […]

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