Derby Contenders

Ike and Dawn Thrash

  • Reside in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
  • Own and run Dawn Properties, Inc. in Hattiesburg. They build, buy, and sell apartment complexes.
  • The couple got their first horse as payment on a business deal from a farm in Florida over 30 years ago.
  • They bred a few mares in Kentucky, but primary focus is buying yearlings and two-year-olds in training.
  • Began sending horses to John Sadler, after Hurricane Katrina and Fair Grounds closed for one season. • The husband and wife team often fly to California to see their horses run.
  • They name their horses after family members. For example: Dave in Dixie is named for their son-in-law and Emmy Darling was named for their grand-daughter.
  • Campaigned Dawn After Dawn to a win in the 2008 Grade II La Canada Stakes and a third to Eclipse Champion Zenyatta in the Grade I Vanity Handicap in 2009. She was fourth in the 2007 edition of the Kentucky Oaks.
  • Top runners have included: Hurricane Ike, Third Dawn, Via Verde, and Dawn Before Dawn.