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Charles E. Fipke

Fipke is a geologist who discovered one of the largest diamond mines in Canada in 1991, the Ekati Mine which supplies more than 4 % of the world's diamond production. He currently lives in British Columbia and has been active in racing in Canada and North America since 1981. He won Canada's most prestigious race, The Queen's Plate, with his home bred Not Bourbon in 2008 and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby in 2007 with Tale of Ekati who is named for the famous diamond mine he owns a share of. In 2011 his Perfect Shirl was an upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs and 2012 saw his G-1 winner Jersey Town add the G-1 Kelso to his resume. Other top horses Fipke has campaigned include Perfect Soul, Lady Shakespeare and Society's Chairman.

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

Kentucky Derby 140 Intro

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GET TO KNOW THE KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME (PRE-RACE BIO)

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