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Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan was born on September 22, 1966, in Tipperary, Ireland, and soon became interested in horses. “I began riding ponies as a little kid, and things just progressed from there," Ryan said. He gained experience as a horseman in his homeland, as well as England, France and Germany, before arriving in the United States in 1989. He worked as an exercise rider and assistant trainer on the East Coast, then set up shop on his own in 1996. Ryan's first major performer was Emergency Status, the winner of the Jersey Derby (G3) in 2002, and in 2008, he conditioned such stakes scorers as Bunker Hill, Call My Bluff and Allnightdance. But Ryan is unequivocal that Musket Man is his star. "He's the best horse I've had, by far," Ryan told the St. Petersburg Times. "The first time I worked him I was like, 'Whoa, what the hell do I have here?' He just does things that other horses can't do. He's got stamina and gears. When he hits the front, he idles...He has to have something to chase." Ryan says that he enjoys spending his winters at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Florida, because “The track’s very good, especially the turf course. It’s great getting to the beaches and the weather is wonderful. ”

Los Alamitos Futurity Added to 2014-15 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.

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

California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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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.