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John T. Ward, Jr.

John trained 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos who ran the second fastest time in the history of the Kentucky Derby, Beautiful Pleasure winner of the1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and Gal in a Ruckus 1995 Kentucky Oaks winner.

John has an extraordinary Kentucky Oaks contender in Dancinginherdreams, a nearly white gray filly who demolished the field in the Pocahontas Stakes (GII) at Churchill Downs.

John was one of the founding members of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and has been associated with the Kentucky Racing Commission, Kentucky Equine Drug Council, National Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, and Sales Integrity Task Force. He received the honor of leading trainer in 2000 at Keeneland’s Fall Meet.

It is almost a Ward family tradition to become a horse trainer. John’s grandfather, father, and uncle were all Thoroughbred trainers.  At the age of five, he started working in his father’s barn.  He rode hunter jumper horses in competitions until he was he was 23 years old.  In 1976, he took over the family farm when his father, John T. Ward, passed away.

John T. Ward Jr. was born on August 2, 1945 and resides in Paris, Kentucky.

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.

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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.