Derby Contenders

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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 19 2014 Lexington Keeneland III 1 1/16 Miles (S) 4 N/A
Apr 19 2014 Lexington Keeneland III 1 1/16 Miles (S) 4 N/A
Oct 6 2013 Grey Woodbine III 1 1/16 Miles (S) 1 N/A

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Josie Carroll

Trainer

Josie Carroll became the first female trainer to capture the prestigous Queen's Plate in Canada in 2006 with Edenwold, a horse she had trained to win the Canadian Sovereign Award in 2005. She follwed that with another victory in the Queen's Plate in 2011 with the filly Inglorious. Josie began her career in 1975 as an assistant to Candian Hall of Fame trainer Mac Benson and later for Mike Doyle and Mike Tammarro before going out on her own in 1994. She has consistently been one of the leading trainers in Canada while capturing many of the top stakes races there including the EP Taylor and Woodbine Oaks. She conditioned Careless Jewell who holds the winning margin record in the G-1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Other stable stars have included Tesseron, Tethra and Good and Tough.

Ivan Dalos

Owner

Ivan Dalos was born in Budapest, Hungary, but now resides in Toronto, Canada, and is a partner in a construction business that installs wood flooring.  Dalos was first introduced to horse racing by a friend in 1986, and the first race horse he owned finished 27 lengths back in last place.  Of Ami's Holiday, Dalos says, "It's everybody's dream to  have a horse like this, and once in awhile it comes true."

Pedigree

Ami's Holiday is by the recently-deceased Harlan's Holiday, an earner of more than $3.6 million and a successful sire.

Harlan's Holiday was favored in the 2002 Kentucky Derby off victories in the Florida Derby and Blue Grass, but wound up finishing seventh. The following year, the grandson of Storm Cat garnered the Donn Handicap and placed in such contests as the Dubai World Cup and Hollywood Gold Cup.

As a sire, Harlan's Holiday is responsible for a wide variety of runners -- 2012 champion two-year-old colt Shanghai Bobby; Denis of Cork, who placed in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Belmont; 2007 CashCall Futurity winner Into Mischief (now a hot young sire); top sprinter Majesticperfection; the versatile Notacatbutallama, winner of Grade 3s on both dirt and turf in 2013; turf/synthetic stalwart Willcox Inn; and synthetic specialist Mendip.

Ami's Holiday gets the first part of his name from his dam, Victorious Ami, who prevailed in the 2004 Princess Elizabeth at Woodbine. At three, she competed in all three Canadian fillies' classics, placing in the Woodbine Oaks and Bison City. Retired with a mark of 13-2-2-4, $302,644, she has produced three registered foals, all winners.

Victorious Ami is by Victory Gallop, who famously denied archrival Real Quiet the Triple Crown in 1998. After finishing second in the Derby and Preakness, Victory Gallop got up in time in the Belmont. He later reigned as the champion older male of 1999, thanks to victories in the Stephen Foster and Whitney.

Victory Gallop sired Grade 1 winners Jaycito and Prince Will I Am, and the dams of Grade 1 winners Liaison and Tiz Flirtatious, before being exported to Turkey.

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