Derby Contenders

Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Wesley Ward


The partnership of Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor has had horse racing success of the greatest heights with champions represented worldwide. Under the direction of International conglomerate Coolmore Stud, the team has led the European and American racing standings numerous years and accounted for wins in nearly every Classic race on both sides of the pond and down under in Australia. Susan Magnier is the daughter of famed trainer Vincent O'Brien and her husband John is the managing partner of Coolmore. Derrick Smith joined the partnership in 2003 after making his fortune in property and currency trading and prior to that was a British bookmaker at Ladbrokes. Michael Tabor burst on to the American racing scene in 1995 when his Thunder Gulch captured the Kentucky Derby. He sold his Prince Arthur betting shops in Great Britain in 1995 and decided to follow his passion of horse racing in which he had been involved on a smaller scale since the 1970's. Trainer Wesley Ward joins the partnership in ownership of Pablo Del Monte.