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Bob Baffert

Trainer

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.

Gary & Mary West

Owner

Gary and Mary West purchased their first horses in 1980 and have seen their stable expand to a current number of over 54 in training and more than 18 mares at Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky. In 1993 their Rockumondo upset the Arkansas Derby at huge odds. Eventual millionaire Dollar Bill competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown in 2012 with his best finish a 4th place effort in the Preakness. In 2002 Buddha won the G-1 Wood Memorial and was the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby before an injury sent him to retirement prior to race day. Other top horses include Power Broker, Casino Host, Flashy Gal and Mass Media. Their stable has been managed by long time assoiciate and bloodstock advisor Ben Glass jr. Gary began in hospital administration before building one of the largets telecommunications companies in the world. Gary and Mary West Foundation is their philanthropy which was created to change the way health care is delivered.

Pedigree

Code West's pedigree gives every indication that he will prosper at 1 1/4 miles.

He is by Lemon Drop Kid, who turned the Belmont Stakes/Travers double in 1999 and went on to reign as the champion older male of 2000, through victories in the Whitney, Woodward, Brooklyn and Suburban.

Lemon Drop Kid's top performer is Richard's Kid, two-time winner of the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic who equaled a 1 3/8-mile track record at Hollywood and set a track record for 1 1/2 miles at Del Mar. Other Lemon Drop Kid progeny include 2006 Kentucky Oaks heroine Lemons Forever; 2007 Ashland winner Christmas Kid; turf routers Citronnade, Juniper Pass and Wilkinson; and promising three-year-old Balance the Books.

Code West is a full brother to another notable son of Lemon Drop Kid, Charitable Man, who showed much more speed and precocity. Charitable Man won both of his starts sprinting at two, including the 2008 Futurity, but captured only one more race -- the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan -- at three. Charitable Man's distance limitations were exposed when he was fourth in both the Belmont and Travers in 2009.

Code West and Charitable Man are both out of Charitabledonation, winner of a minor 1 1/16-mile stakes at Gulfstream.

Charitabledonation is by Saint Ballado, a full brother to champions Devil's Bag and Glorious Song who scored his signature win in the 1992 Arlington Classic. Saint Ballado excelled as a sire, with such offspring as 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam; two-time champion Ashado and her full brother Sunriver; and Captain Bodgit, the 1997 Florida Derby and Wood Memorial hero who missed narrowly in the Kentucky Derby.

Further back, Code West hails from the family of champion Capote, $2.6 million-earner Broad Brush and 1970s superstar Exceller.

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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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