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Christopher T. Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable, Inc.

Christopher Dunn from Castleton NY grew fond of the horse industry from spending summers in Saratoga Springs. Knew his future was bright after subsidizing part of college tuition from gambling on the ponies. After finding success in the surgical robot market, was rewarded the opportunity to enter into the claiming game in NY. Blessed to have a supporting wife and two loving children.

Loooch Racing Stable, Inc. is owned by Ron Paolucci who is a lifelong racetracker, introduced to racing and gambling by his father and grandfather at a young age.  Paolucci resides in Stow, Ohio, but splits his time in Las Vegas and is anything but conservative when wagering whether it's poker, slots or horseracing.  As a teen, Paolucci was one of the best high school baseball players in the state of Ohio, but he blew off his studies and professional baseball scouts to gamble.  All he cares about is horses which led him to investing in them in 2011, and he now owns 50 to 60 horses.  Paolucci's biggest bet was in Ria Antonia's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race, when he wagered $6,000 and walked away with $700,000.

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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Lindsay & Els Chicago, IL

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.
Paula's picking California Chrome

Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

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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.