Derby Contenders

W. Cal Partee

W. C. "Cal" Partee or Magnolia, Arkansas, won the 1992 Kentucky Derby with Lil E.Tee, after a 14-year partnership between him and trainer Lynn Whiting. Partee bought his first thoroughbred in 1954 and by 1984, Partee ranked 20th among North America's leading owners, and his stable included a pair of Grade I stakes winners in At the Threshold and Big Pistol. He bought his first sawmill in the 1930s and began oil and gas investments in 1947. In 1948, he established Partee Flooring Mill.