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Helen K. Groves

Helen Groves is a direct descendent of Richard King of the legendary King Ranch in Texas. Her father, Robert Kleberg developed the thoroughbred side of the ranch and is synonomous with the success of King Ranch. 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault and 1950 Kentucky Derby winner Middleground are just two of the many top thoroughbreds to wear the famous King Ranch silks. Helen, an accomplished equestrian, began riding at the age of 4 and was working cattle by age 10. She is in the National Cutting Horse, National Cowgirl and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Her daughters Helen Alexander, Emory Hamilton, Henrietta George and Dorothy Matz (wife of trainer Michael Matz) have all had success in the thoroughbred industry as well. Helen Groves bred champion Althea and bred and raced Grade 1 winner Acoma.

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.