Derby Contenders

Prep Race History

Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 3 1997 123rd Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 2 N/A


Gary A. Capuano


Alex Solis


A native of Panama City, Panama, Solis attended a jockey school in his homeland and won his first race there in 1981. After arriving in the United States, Solis won the 1986 Preakness Stakes aboard Snow Chief; and aboard Pleasantly Perfect he won the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) and Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). He has also won the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Truf.  Solis finished second in the Kentucky Derby three times -- aboard Captain Bodgit in 1997, Victory Gallop in 1998 and Aptitude in 2000.

Team Valor International


Team Valor International earned their first Kentucky Derby victory in 2011 with homebred Animal Kingdom who would go on to finish second in the Preakness Stakes. Team Valor International is a syndicate race horse ownership group under the leadership of Barry Irwin. They have started 4 horses in the Kentucky Derby, prior to Animal Kingdom's win, their top finisher was Captain Bodgit who ran second in 1997. Other Team Valor stars include The Deputy, Star of Cozzene, Gitano Hernando, Cashier’s Dream, Unbridled Belle, Pluck, Daveron, Summer Soiree and Visionaire.

Edward Wiest



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