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May 4 2013 139th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 9 REPLAY
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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.

Edgar Prado

Jockey

A three time US Jockey Champion and winner of the 2006 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey.  Prado is winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby aboard Barbaro, two time winner of the Belmont Stakes, and three time Breeders' Cup winner. He is one of 6 jocks with over 6,000 wins. A native of Lima, Peru, he was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. Signifigant mounts include: Lemon Drop Kid, Saint Liam, and Funny Cide.

Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey

Owner

Ken and Sarah Ramsey are natives of Artemus, Kentucky and are longtime horse lovers. Ken’s first glimpse of the Twin Spires came at age 5 when his family took a trip to Louisville and since that day he has always wanted to win the Kentucky Derby. The Ramsey’s have won numerous owners titles at racetracks across the country and have owned such stakes winners as Kitten’s Joy, Roses in May, Precious Kitten, and Pleasant Prince.

Pedigree

As a son of 2004 champion turf horse Kitten's Joy, Charming Kitten likely has the stamina, but must answer the dirt question.

Kitten's Joy was an emphatic winner of the 1 1/2-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational as well as the 1 1/4-mile Virginia Derby and Secretariat Stakes during his championship campaign.

Most of his leading progeny have logically been turf runners, such as 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf star Stephanie's Kitten; Banned; and Big Blue Kitten.

Others have adapted well to synthetic surfaces, including Dean's Kitten and Derby Kitten. Both of them earned tickets to past runnings of the Kentucky Derby by winning Polytrack preps, only to finish unplaced in the Run for the Roses, and Charming Kitten will try to avoid that fate.

On the plus side, Kitten's Joy has sired a few quality dirt runners, most notably Csaba, whose four-stakes winning streak included the Hal's Hope and Fred Hooper, and Politicallycorrect, winner of last year's Oklahoma Derby and Damascus Stakes.

Charming Kitten is a full brother to stakes winner and multiple Grade 3-placed Queen'splatekitten, who has spent his entire career on turf or synthetic.

Their dam, Iteration, failed to win in 11 starts. She is a daughter of the high-class handicap horse Wild Again, best remembered as the upset winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic in 1984.

Wild Again has sired a raft of outstanding dirt runners -- 2002 Belmont upsetter Sarava, Canadian Hall of Famer Wilderness Song, Milwaukee Brew and Wild Rush, to name just a few.

Daughters of Wild Again are responsible for a variety of top performers, from Chilean co-Horse of the Year Wild Spirit, to Australian champion Fashions Afield, and current Grade 1 winners Power Broker and Joyful Victory.

Charming Kitten descends from a productive family, best known for its turf prowess. His maternal relatives include a pair of champion turf horses in Theatrical (1987) and Paradise Creek (1994); Japanese stars Taiki Blizzard and Nakayama Festa; English and Dubai highweight David Junior; and Italian champion *Prince Royal II, winner of the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1964.

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California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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