Derby Contenders

Prep Race History

Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 6 2006 132nd Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs 1 1/4 Mile 2 N/A

Connections

Todd Pletcher

Trainer

Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and trained Rags to Riches to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2007 and Princess of Sylmar for win the 2013 Kentucky Oaks. He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010. He has trained multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank.

Ramon Dominguez

Jockey

Dominguez was the 2010 & 2011 Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey. In 2011, his mounts earned an incredible $19,364,256, and in 2001 and 2003 he lead the nation in number of victories. Dominguez has two Breeders' Cup wins to his credit including the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile aboard Hansen. He recently was chosen as the recipient for the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award for his career achievements and personal character. Top Mounts for Dominguez have included: Havre de Grace, Hansen, Get Stormy, Gio Ponti and Stay Thirsty. He is seeking his first Kentucky Derby victory. At the age of 16, Ramon began riding horses in Venezuela despite his father’s disapproval who wanted him to be a doctor. His father convinced him to ride show jumpers for a short while, but Ramon went back to riding racehorses a year later. Although, his father was not happy with this initial decision, he became very supportive of Ramon, but insisted his son graduate high school before becoming a jockey. Ramon moved to the United States from his native Venezuela and began riding races at Hialeah Park in 1996. He won his first race in March 1996 aboard Solo Moondance. In 2001 and 2003, he led the nation in wins. In 2004 he was honored with the Isaac Murphy Award by the Turf Writers Association for having the highest winning percentage for the year. He was the leading rider at Delaware Park from 2004 through 2007. Ramon reached a milestone of 3,000 victories at Delaware Park on May 9, 2007. He was named the top jockey of the 2008-2009 Inner Track Meet at Aqueduct with 124 wins. Ramon Dominguez was born on November 24, 1976 and resides in Elkton, Maryland.

WinStar Farm LLC.

Owner

In 2010, WinStar experienced its first victory in the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver. That same year Drosselmeyer, was the surprise winner of the Belmont Stakes and would go on to capture the Breeders Cup Classic in 2011. Their first Derby starter came in 2006 with a second place finish by Bluegrass Cat. In 2008 both Colonel John and Court Vision made a Run for the Roses, as did Mr. Hot Stuff in 2009. They were represented in 2009 as well with homebred Well Armed winning the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race. Bill Casner (founded Excel Communications) and Kenny Troutt (developed B&R Equipment) partnered in early 2000 and bought the 1,450-acre Prestonwood Farm property near Versailles, Kentucky, and named it WinStar. Bill Casner stepped down from his role and Mr. Troutt now remains as the owner of WinStar LLC. WinStar Farm is a state-of-the-art farm, with features such as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a newly renovated stallion complex, a training barn, and a research lab. WinStar’s breeding operation includes top stallions Tiznow, Distorted Humor, and Speightstown. Elliott Walden, former trainer, serves as the racing manger for WinStar Farm, who employs a variety of different trainers across the United States including: Todd Pletcher, Eoin Harty, Shannon Ritter, Bill Mott, and Kellyn Gorder. The Troutt family resides in Dallas, Texas.

WinStar Farm LLC.

Breeder

In 2010, WinStar experienced its first victory in the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver. That same year Drosselmeyer, was the surprise winner of the Belmont Stakes and would go on to capture the Breeders Cup Classic in 2011. Their first Derby starter came in 2006 with a second place finish by Bluegrass Cat. In 2008 both Colonel John and Court Vision made a Run for the Roses, as did Mr. Hot Stuff in 2009. They were represented in 2009 as well with homebred Well Armed winning the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race. Bill Casner (founded Excel Communications) and Kenny Troutt (developed B&R Equipment) partnered in early 2000 and bought the 1,450-acre Prestonwood Farm property near Versailles, Kentucky, and named it WinStar. Bill Casner stepped down from his role and Mr. Troutt now remains as the owner of WinStar LLC. WinStar Farm is a state-of-the-art farm, with features such as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a newly renovated stallion complex, a training barn, and a research lab. WinStar’s breeding operation includes top stallions Tiznow, Distorted Humor, and Speightstown. Elliott Walden, former trainer, serves as the racing manger for WinStar Farm, who employs a variety of different trainers across the United States including: Todd Pletcher, Eoin Harty, Shannon Ritter, Bill Mott, and Kellyn Gorder. The Troutt family resides in Dallas, Texas.

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