Derby Contenders

Paul & Andrena Van Doren

Founder of Vans Shoes, Paul Van Doren got his start at the racetrack early, giving out odds at the local track.  His mom made him get a job at a local shoe factory.  After moving to California and starting Vans Shoe Company, it was his dream to retire and breed thoroughbred racehorses.  Paul and his wife, Adrena, began raising racehorses in 1979 and own Sterling Stud in Lexington, KY.