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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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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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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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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Normandy Invasion

The words ‘Normandy Invasion’ evoke powerful images of that heroic, harrowing day in June, 1944, when soldiers of the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. Normandy Invasion is also the name of a powerful, athletic 3-year-old colt whose connections hope for an “invasion” of another type in Louisville the first Saturday in May. […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Ive Struck a Nerve

As the horses went to post in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 23, trainer Keith Desormeaux wasn’t particularly surprised to find his entry, Ive Struck a Nerve at astronomical odds of 135-1. “It was quite understandable,” said Desormeaux. “We had a lot to prove. Conformation-wise and pedigree-wise the horse had the ability […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Stevens Rides Again

Last year’s Kentucky Derby story revolved around 25-year-old jockey Mario Gutierrez and his victory first time up in horse racing’s biggest event. This year’s storyline could feature a jockey twice his age who had his first Derby ride before Gutierrez was even born. It’s still uncertain whether Gary Stevens will be in the starting gate […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Itsmyluckyday

For Eddie and Laurie Plesa, this year’s Kentucky Derby could become a family affair. Eddie Plesa, Jr. trains contender Itsmyluckyday for wife Laurie and partner Trilogy Stable. It wasn’t until she was standing in the Gulfstream winner’s circle after the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 26 that Laurie realized the couple may have […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Falling Sky

Behind every Kentucky Derby contender, there’s a story of people chasing a dream. As part of its coverage of Kentucky Derby 139, the Paulick Report is pleased to unveil a new feature that will take readers on the difficult, passionate, and uplifting journey so few get to experience.  Each week leading up to the May […]

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