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Brereton C. Jones

Brereton Jones was the Governor of Kentucky from 1991-1995 and is a founding member of KEEP (Kentucky Equine Education Project). In 2008 he was the recipient of the Warner L Jones Horseman of the Year Award for outstanding service to the thoroughbred industry. Jones and wife Libby are the owners of Airdrie Stud in Lexington, Kentucky which stands 10 stallions including Proud Citizen. Airdrie has bred over 135 stakes winners and has sold horses at public auction over the last 30 years. They are consistently among the leading breeders in the country. Jones has teamed up with trainer Larry Jones to win the 2012 Kentucky Oaks with Believe You Can the 2008 Kentucky Oaks with Proud Spell, who would also win the Alabama at Saratoga and earn an Eclipse for Outstanding Three-Year-Old. Other recent top horses include Biofuel, No Such Word and Mark Valeski and Mr. Bowling.

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.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

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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First time at the Oaks so that's why we have these crazy hats on, shaped like cheese hats and painted pink in honor of Bright Pink, which is a great charity.
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Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

Kentucky Derby 140 - Road to the Derby

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.