Above Perfection

Derby Winner’s Half-Sister Positive Spirit Runs Away With Demoiselle

Mike Ryan’s homebred filly Positive Spirit defied her 11-1 odds on Saturday at Aqueduct, dominating the G2 Demoiselle by at 10 1/2 lengths in her fourth career start. The 2-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile and half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming was ridden by Manny Franco for young trainer Rodolphe Brisset, and covered […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Having Ties To Last Two Derby Winners ‘Above Perfection’

When Always Dreaming pulled away from his opponents to win the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, two of the people cheering loudest for the elegant bay were Irishmen from different counties of the Emerald Isle. Those two were Mike Ryan and Gerry Dilger. Operating under the name of Santa Rosa Partners, […]

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Irishmen Ryan, Dilger Strike Back-To-Back Gold In Kentucky Derby

Mike Ryan comes from Ireland’s County Meath, just outside of Dublin, where he was raised on his family’s horse farm. Gerry Dilger, growing up in County Clare in western Ireland, couldn’t wait for each school day to end so he could get to his ponies. Both men knew what they wanted in life at an […]

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