Derby Contenders

Bennie Woolley Jr.

Bennie "Chip" Woolley Jr. began training horses in 1983 in New Mexico, and the 45-year-old conditioner will saddle his first Kentucky Derby starter with Mine That Bird. A resident of Bloomfield, New Mexico, Chip is a regular on the New Mexico circuit, training both Thoroughbreds and Quarterhorses, and he's been an active member of the New Mexico Horseman's Association for many years. With an expanding public stable, Woolley is now starting to run Thoroughbreds at other tracks in the Midwest. The avid motorcycle enthusiast was injured in an accident over the winter and arrived in Louisville on crutches.