Monarchos Wins!

MONARCHOS, bumped by POINT GIVEN at the start and forced in on JAMAICAN RUM, was outrun for six furlongs, raced five or six wide, commenced a sweeping run five abreast on the second turn, came out a bit farther entering the stretch, caught CONAGREE approaching the final sixteenth and drew clear under steady left-handed encouragement. INVISIBLE INK, unhurried to the far turn, moved up between foes approaching the stretch, angled outside the winner to secure room in the upper stretch, couldn't menace MONARCHOS but closed with good determination to wear down CONAGREE for second. CONAGREE, in hand early while the way into the final furlong but weakened gradually thereafter. THUNDER BLITZ, bumped at the start when BALTO STAR came out, was outrun to the far turn while along the inside, angled between rivals soon after while advancing, split foes approaching the final quarter, then improved position with a mild late run. THUNDER BLITZ returned bleeding from the mouth. POINT GIVEN broke to the inside bumping the winner, moved up steadily to gain a striking position five wide on the backstretch, made a threatening run on the second turn, then flattened out when straightened for the drive. JAMAICAN RUM, bumped at the start and squeezed back, was outrun for seven furlongs while racing well off the inside, leaned in while advancing six wide tightening it up on DOLLAR BILL at the three-eighths pole, then closed some ground while not a threat. AP VALENTINE, in behind rivals while unhurried into the backstretch, was checked when bumped by TALK IS MONEY at the half-mile ground, steadied between foes and was shuffled back at the three-eighths pole and rallied belatedly. EXPRESS TOUR settled in striking position while near the inside between foes on the backstretch, made a menacing run after angling out slightly on the second turn, then failed to sustain the needed momentum. FIFTY STARS, outrun until the stretch while in behind rivals, angled out at the eighth pole but wasn't a factor. STARTAC failed to reach contention and was eight wide on the second turn and into the stretch. MILLENIUM WIND, forwardly placed along the rail, was checked behind SONGANDAPRAYER about the five-sixteenths pole and failed to threaten thereafter. ARCTIC BOY, squeezed a bit at the start, failed to threaten. SONGANDAPRAYER was hustled to the front along the rail soon after the start, made the pace under pressure to the second turn, then tired from the effort. BALTO STAR forced the pace between rivals for seven furlongs and gave way. DOLLAR BILL, angled in behind horses soon after the start, eased out a bit on the backstretch, was forced to take up sharply, lost his action at the three-eighths pole when in tight quarters and was finished. KEATS pressed the leaders three wide to the far turn and gave way thereafter. TALK IS MONEY exchanged bumps with AP VALENTINE leaving the half-mile ground, gave way soon after, was distanced before going a mile and eased through the stretch. A foul claim by rider of INVISIBLE INK against the winner for alleged interference at the quarter-mile ground was disallowed.

Trainer

John T. Ward, Jr.

John trained 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos who ran the second fastest time in the history of the Kentucky Derby, Beautiful Pleasure winner of the1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and Gal in a Ruckus 1995 Kentucky Oaks winner.John has an extraordinary Kentucky Oaks contender in Dancinginherdreams, a nearly white gray filly who demolished the field in the Pocahontas Stakes (GII) at Churchill Downs.John was one of the founding members of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and has been associated with the Kentucky Racing Commission, Kentucky Equine Drug Council, National Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, and Sales Integrity Task Force. He received the honor of leading trainer in 2000 at Keeneland’s Fall Meet.It is almost a Ward family tradition to become a horse trainer. John’s grandfather, father, and uncle were all Thoroughbred trainers.  At the age of five, he started working in his father’s barn.  He rode hunter jumper horses in competitions until he was he was 23 years old.  In 1976, he took over the family farm when his father, John T. Ward, passed away.John T. Ward Jr. was born on August 2, 1945 and resides in Paris, Kentucky. // Full Bio...

Jockey

Jorge Chavez

Chavez, a native of Peru, rode Monarchos to victory in the Florida Derby and the 2001 Kentucky Derby. He won the Breeders' Cup Distaff and Sprint in 1999 as well as the Cigar Mile and was awarded the Eclipse Award for Ourstanding Jockey. In 2000 he was awarded the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship by the New York Racing Association. // Full Bio...

Owner

John C. Oxley

John's winners include Monarchos who was the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, 1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Eclipse Award winner Beautiful Pleasure, 1995 Kentucky Oaks winner Gal in a Ruckus, and graded stakes winners Sky Mesa, Dancinginherdreams, Northern Passion, Prospective and Dr. Pleasure. His wife Debby is a part of the stable and campaigns horses under her name as well including stakes winner Darling My Darling. In 1962, John founded an oil and gas exploration firm Oxley Petroleum in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 2003, he sold his company and started a smaller scale venture named Oxley Resources, LLC. He is the son of John T. Oxley, a Hall of Fame polo player, and is an active polo player himself. John has been inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame, was a chairman of the U.S. Polo Association, and along with his brother owns the Royal Palm Polo Club in Florida. He is a member of the Jockey Club and a storng advocate for the thoroughbred industry. // Full Bio...

Breeder

J. D. Squires

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2001-Present

Current Era

2001 - Growth of the Kentucky Derby continued on all fronts as the 127th running attracted a crowd of 154,210, the second largest attendance in Derby history. Overall Derby Day wagering (all sources) rose to a record $107,598,904. For the first time in Derby pari-mutuel wagering history, all horses ran uncoupled with no entries or mutuel fields as betting interests.

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# Contender Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
1 Monarchos Jorge Chavez John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley J. D. Squires
2 Invisible Ink John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Peachtree Stable Viking Farms Limited & Ashford
3 Congaree Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable
4 Thunder Blitz Edgar Prado Joseph F. Orseno Adena Springs
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Kentucky Derby 127 Race Recap

MONARCHOS, bumped by POINT GIVEN at the start and forced in on JAMAICAN RUM, was outrun for six furlongs, raced five or six wide, commenced a sweeping run five abreast on the second turn, came out a bit farther entering the stretch, caught CONAGREE approaching the final sixteenth and drew clear under steady left-handed encouragement. INVISIBLE INK, unhurried to the far turn, moved up between foes approaching the stretch, angled outside the winner to secure room in the upper stretch, couldn't menace MONARCHOS but closed with good determination to wear down CONAGREE for second. CONAGREE, in hand early while the way into the final furlong but weakened gradually thereafter. THUNDER BLITZ, bumped at the start when BALTO STAR came out, was outrun to the far turn while along the inside, angled between rivals soon after while advancing, split foes approaching the final quarter, then improved position with a mild late run. THUNDER BLITZ returned bleeding from the mouth. POINT GIVEN broke to the inside bumping the winner, moved up steadily to gain a striking position five wide on the backstretch, made a threatening run on the second turn, then flattened out when straightened for the drive. JAMAICAN RUM, bumped at the start and squeezed back, was outrun for seven furlongs while racing well off the inside, leaned in while advancing six wide tightening it up on DOLLAR BILL at the three-eighths pole, then closed some ground while not a threat. AP VALENTINE, in behind rivals while unhurried into the backstretch, was checked when bumped by TALK IS MONEY at the half-mile ground, steadied between foes and was shuffled back at the three-eighths pole and rallied belatedly. EXPRESS TOUR settled in striking position while near the inside between foes on the backstretch, made a menacing run after angling out slightly on the second turn, then failed to sustain the needed momentum. FIFTY STARS, outrun until the stretch while in behind rivals, angled out at the eighth pole but wasn't a factor. STARTAC failed to reach contention and was eight wide on the second turn and into the stretch. MILLENIUM WIND, forwardly placed along the rail, was checked behind SONGANDAPRAYER about the five-sixteenths pole and failed to threaten thereafter. ARCTIC BOY, squeezed a bit at the start, failed to threaten. SONGANDAPRAYER was hustled to the front along the rail soon after the start, made the pace under pressure to the second turn, then tired from the effort. BALTO STAR forced the pace between rivals for seven furlongs and gave way. DOLLAR BILL, angled in behind horses soon after the start, eased out a bit on the backstretch, was forced to take up sharply, lost his action at the three-eighths pole when in tight quarters and was finished. KEATS pressed the leaders three wide to the far turn and gave way thereafter. TALK IS MONEY exchanged bumps with AP VALENTINE leaving the half-mile ground, gave way soon after, was distanced before going a mile and eased through the stretch. A foul claim by rider of INVISIBLE INK against the winner for alleged interference at the quarter-mile ground was disallowed.