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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 10 2010 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park I 1 1/8 Mile 3 REPLAY
Mar 13 2010 Rebel Stakes Oaklawn Park II 1 1/16 Mile 3 N/A
Feb 20 2010 The Southwest Oaklawn Park III One Mile 2 N/A


D. Wayne Lukas


Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas is a four-time Kentucky Derby winner and will saddle his record 48Th Derby starter in 2015. A four-time Eclipse Award winner (1985-87 and 1994), Lukas is the all-time leading money winner and the first to reach the $200 million plateau. He saddled a record six straight Triple Crown race winners starting in 1994 and has a record 14 overall winners of Triple Crown events. The 78-year-old horseman, known in racing circles as the “Coach,” is also responsible for 20 individual Breeders’ Cup winners and has led the trainers’ standings by money earned on 14 occasions during his illustrious career. 

Terry Thompson


Born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 7, 1971.Got his start in racing from Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. Thompson started hotwalking and grooming horses for the trainer and later galloped for him.Took out his jockey’s license in 1993 at Turfway Park.Thompson came close to the Kentucky Derby in 2003 aboard Sir Cherokee, who scratched 24 hours before the race due to injury.Kentucky Derby 136 will be the mount for Thompson in the historic race.Thompson’s biggest win to date came in the 2004 Acorn Stakes on Island Sand, who also finished second in that year’s Kentucky Oaks.In recent years, Thompson has dominated the jockey colony at Prairie Meadows in Iowa and Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.Top mounts for Thompson include: Ruby’s Reception, Sure Shot Biscuit, Old Fashioned, and Just Jenda. 

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

Peter E. Blum & Gerry Dilger


Blum resides in Atlanta, Georgia and works in the real estate industry.Dilger owns and runs Dromoland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.Blum grew up in the same neighborhood as Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel.Blum has bred two Kentucky Derby starters with Devil His Due in 1992 and In Contention in 1996. Both finished off the board.Dilger’s Dromoland Farm in known for producing top quality yearlings and broodmares at sale.Blum owns about 20 broodmares that he boards at Dromoland Farm.Dublin was sold at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2008 and was a $525,000 purchase by Robert Baker and William Mack.


Afleet Alex--Classy Mirage, by Storm Bird

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  • From the first crop of champion Afleet Alex, who was a close third in the 2005 Kentucky Derby (G1) before romping impressively in the Preakness S. (G1) and Belmont S. (G1)
  • Too soon to judge how much stamina he is passing on to his progeny, but his three-year-olds Afleet Again and Quick Ride have both placed in 1 1/16-mile stakes
  • Dublin is far and away the best runner produced by Grade 1-winning sprinter Classy Mirage, heroine of the seven-furlong Ballerina H. (G1) in 1995
  • She has produced mostly sprinters so far, but one of her winners, a gelded son of Saint Ballado named Thought Leader, won at up to 1 1/4 miles
  • Classy Mirage is a daughter of the profoundly influential stallion Storm Bird, an English and Irish champion juvenile
  • Storm Bird’s top progeny include Grade 1 star and supersire Storm Cat; Preakness hero Summer Squall, runner-up in the 1990 Kentucky Derby; and Irish highweight Balanchine, who defeated males in the Irish Derby (Ire-G1) 
  • Interestingly, two of Storm Bird’s best runners -- English/French/Irish champion mare Indian Skimmer and Irish champion sprinter Bluebird -- come from the same female family as Dublin and are therefore related to Classy Mirage
  • Other daughters of Storm Bird are responsible for such outstanding performers as champion Thunder Gulch, who captured the 1995 Kentucky Derby, Belmont and Travers S. (G1); Birdstone, the 2004 Belmont and Travers winner; champion and Kentucky Oaks (G1) queen Bird Town; and champion juvenile filly Flanders
  • Classy Mirage is out of First Mirage, an unraced daughter of two-time champion Riva Ridge, winner of the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont
  • First Mirage is also the dam of multiple Grade 1 queen Missy’s Mirage, who was primarily a sprinter, but wired the 1 1/8-mile Hempstead H. (G1)
  • This female line has produced a number of high-class horses over the years; besides the aforementioned Indian Skimmer and Bluebird, Hall of Famer Dark Mirage, champion Silent Screen and Travers star Java Gold also hail from the family 
  • Judging by Afleet Alex’s boundless stamina, and the strength deep within the female line, Dublin should be able to handle the Derby distance, despite the fact that his dam was a sprinter

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