Derby Contenders

Prep Race History

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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Mar 28 2010 Sunland Derby Sunland Park III 1 1/8 Mile 2 N/A
Feb 20 2010 The Southwest Oaklawn Park III One Mile 1 N/A
Feb 20 2010 The Southwest Oaklawn Park III One Mile 1 N/A
Jan 16 2010 San Rafael Stakes Santa Anita Park III 1M 1 N/A

Connections

Bob Baffert

Trainer

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.

Martin Garcia

Jockey

A descendant of Mexico, Garcia began riding show jumping horses at the age of 14 and his abilities landed him a job galloping horses at Pleasanton Racetrack in California. Garcia burst on to the national racing scene with a win aboard Lookin at Lucky in the 2010 Preakness Stakes. He has since become Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's first call rider. Martin Garcia was victorious in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks aboard Plum Pretty.

Zabeel Racing International

Owner

Founded by Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed al Maktoum, the oldest son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the owner and founder of Darley and Godolphin and ruler of Dubai. Zabeel Racing International was founded in 2006. First big winner for Zabeel Racing International in the U.S. came from Henny Hughes, who won the Jersey Shore Stakes, the Vosburgh, and King’s Bishop. Sheikh Rashid is an accomplished rider; he has ridden in endurance races and has also ridden in amateur races in Dubai. Has been leading owner in Dubai five times, where he has won 428 career races. His biggest win overseas came in England at Goodwood at the age of 17, when For Your Eyes Only won the William Hill Mile in 1998. In 2009 Zabeel Racing’s Game Face won the Princess Rooney Stakes and the Inside Information Stakes. Privately purchased Conveyance before his win in the San Rafael at Santa Anita Park.

Gulf Coast Farms

Breeder

Owned and run by Jerry Bailey and Lance Robinson. Bailey earned a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota, while Robinson earned a degree in pre-veterinary science from Weber State University. Bailey lives in Ocala, FL where he and his wife oversee Gulf Coast Farm, where they raise and break the partnerships yearlings. Robinson is in charge of the breeding side of the business. Gulf Coast Bloodstock have about 120 broodmares located in Kentucky, and although their focus is the sales with their yearlings, they will race some of the horses. Some of their top horses that Gulf Coast has bred and sold have included top three-year-olds Cowtown Cat, Salute the Sarge, Thunder Gulch, and Kensi. Robinson developed his love for horse racing after a mission trip to Kentucky in 1977. Robinson had worked as a rodeo cowboy for 15 years and qualified five times for the National Finals Rodeo as a steer wrestler. Bailey, who also had a rodeo background, worked in Florida as a veterinarian and also in Oklahoma for E.K. Gaylord’s Lazy E Ranch as the attending veterinarian and manger. Bailey then formed a pin hooking partnership with Ken Ellenberg where they had success with Thunder Gulch, Henny Hughes, Yes It’s True, and Deputy Commander.  In 2009 Gulf Coast Farms teamed up to sell Lookin At Lucky in the Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale for $475,000. Lookin At Lucky received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Juvenile Colt.

Pedigree

  • By Indian Charlie, winner of the 1998 Santa Anita Derby (G1)
  • Sire’s top performer is two-time champion filly Indian Blessing, who was best at sprint distances
  • Sire tends to favor speedy runners, but is capable of getting longer-distance performers on occasion
  • Another champion daughter, Fleet Indian, captured two major races at 1 1/4 miles, while Pampered Princess and My Pal Charlie both landed important events at 1 1/8 miles
  • Conveyance’s dam, Emptythetill, is by Horse of the Year Holy Bull
  • Hence both his sire and broodmare sire were beaten favorites in the Kentucky Derby (G1)
  • Indian Charlie finished third in the 1998 Derby, and Holy Bull wound up 12th in the 1994 Derby
  • Holy Bull rebounded by winning six in a row, including the 1 1/4-mile Travers S. (G1)
  • Holy Bull’s top offspring include 2005 Kentucky Derby upsetter Giacomo and champion juvenile Macho Uno
  • Daughters of Holy Bull have produced the likes of talented one-turn specialist Speightstown and the accomplished router Going Ballistic
  • Conveyance descends from the same female line as Monba, the 2008 Blue Grass S. (G1) winner
  • Maternal half of the pedigree may supply the stamina lacking in the sire

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