Derby Contenders

William Mack and Robert Baker

  • Baker, who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, is the chairman and CEO of National Realty and Development Corporation. Mack lives in New York City and is founder and chairman of Apollo Real Estate Advisors.
  • In 1996 Mack, Baker, and David Cornstein partnered on colt that trainer D. Wayne Lukas bought at sale for them called Grand Slam. Grand Slam went on to win a pair of Grade I races (Futurity and Champagne) and would later go on to run second in the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
  • The trio would again team up with Proud Citizen, who ran second in the 2002 Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness.
  • Mack and Baker are managing partners in Grand Slam Farm, LLC, which retained a large portion of ownership in stallions Grand Slam and Proud Citizen, who stand at Ashford Stud and Airdire Stud.
  • Mack and Baker currently maintain a partnership with horses in Lukas’ stable.
  • Dublin was a Keeneland September purchase for $525,000 and went on to win the Hopeful at Saratoga for Mack and Baker, and put his name in the mix as a Kentucky Derby contender.
  • Mack and Baker also campaigned Flying Private on last years Triple Crown, running in all three jewels. His best finish came in the Preakness where he ran

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.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

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

Kentucky Derby 140 - Road to the Derby

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GET TO KNOW THE KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME (PRE-RACE BIO)

California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.