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Robert LaPenta and Jacks or Better Farm (Fred Brei)

  • LaPenta is current Chairman of the Board, president, and CEO of Identity Solutions, a company that specializes in protecting personal identities and assets.
  • Brei is a builder and developer.
  • LaPenta entered racing in 1998 with basketball coach Rick Pitino. Brei started racing in 1972, but took a 15 year break to focus on his business. In 1987 Brei and his wife Jane sought out to become commercial breeders, but when their horses failed to meet their reserves, the couple began racing them.
  • LaPenta’s purchased a majority interest in Jackson Bend after the colt swept the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Race Course under trainer Stanley Gold. Jackson Bend was then transferred to LaPenta’s main trainer Nick Zito.
  • LaPenta and Zito have teamed up on three trips to the Kentucky Derby, but the closest they have come to the winner’s circle is a fifth place finish with The Cliff’s Edge in 2005.
  • In 2007 LaPenta won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Two-Year-Old War Pass, and would win the Belmont Stakes with Da’Tara in 2008.
  • Brei best horse to race has been Midas Eyes, who they sold after he broke his maiden to Edmund Gann. Brei has campaigned Bayou’s Lassie, Honey Honey, Honey, and Hear No Evil.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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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

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

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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.