Derby Contenders

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May 7 2005 131st Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 2 N/A

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Kiaran McLaughlin

Trainer

Kiaran began his career as an assistant trainer for top trainers including D. Wayne Lukas. After a brief stint training in the United Arab Emirates, McLaughlin returned to the United States with his own string of horses. In 2006, he trained Belmont Stakes winner Jazil as well as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Invasor who would go on to win the 2007 Dubai World Cup. Other top horses include Henny Hughes, Lear's Princess, It's Tricky, Soldat and Flashy Bull. Kiaran has started four horses in the Kentucky Derby with his top finisher, Closing Argument, who finished second in 2005.

Cornelio Velasquez

Jockey

Born September 28, 1968 in Panama City, Panama. Cornelio has ridden in four editions of the Kentucky Derby, finishing second in 2004 on Closing Argument. He has won four Breeders’ Cup races: the 2007 Juvenile with War Pass, the 2007 Mile with Kip Deville, the 2005 Distaff on Pleasant Home, and the 2003 Sprint with Cajun Beat. In 2006 scored his 2,000th career victory aboard Showing Up in the Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs.

Philip and Marcia Cohen

Owner

France Weiner & Irwin J. Weiner

Breeder

Pedigree

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