Derby Contenders

Michael Matz

Michael Matz stepped into the national spotlight of horse racing as the trainer of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. Throughout the triumph and tragedy of that year he recognized the great effect Barbaro had on the racing industry and it's fans. He is an accomplished equestrian and rode on the USA Olympic Team earning team and individual medals, and had the honor of carrying the American Flag in the closing ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympic Games.