Derby Contenders

Prep Race History

Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 3 2008 134th Kentucky Derby presented by YUM! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 2 REPLAY


Larry Jones


Larry Jones trained 2011 Horse of the Year Havre De Grace who defeated the males in the G-1 Woodward Stakes. A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he has had success in the Kentucky Oaks with victories by Believe You Can in 2012 and Proud Spell in 2008. Jones just missed winning the Kentucky Derby in back-to-back years as Hard Spun and Eight Belles both ran second in 2007 and 2008. Jones has also trained top horses Friesan Fire, Island Sand, Old Fashioned, Mr. Bowling, Joyful Victory, and Mark Valeski.

Gabriel Saez


Gabriel Saez was born on February 1, 1988, in Port Darien, Panama. He began riding in his native country in 2004 and was the leading apprentice jockey in Panama for 2005. Saez moved to the United States in February of 2006, making an instant impact as Delaware Park's leading apprentice rider of that year. Saez guided Proud Spell to victory in the 2008 Kentucky Oaks and has ridden other graded stakes winners such as Friesan Fire, Kodiak Kowboy, and Sweet Hope.

Fox Hill Farms (Rick Porter)


Porter became interested in racing after attending races at Delaware Park as a youth. He named his racing stable Fox Hill Farms after a home he purchased in Delaware in 1989. Fox Hill Farms has had two second place finishers in the Kentucky Derby with Hard Spun and Eight Belles in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Hard Spun would also finish second in the Preakness Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic. Havre De Grace took the stable to the highest of racing honors when voted 2011 Eclipse Champion Horse of the Year. Her campaign included victories in the Apple Blossom, Beldame and a win over males in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. Other top runners include Round Pond the winner of the 2006 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, Joyful Victory, Kodiak Kowboy,Jostle, Friesan Fire, Old Fashioned, and Rockport Harbor.

Robert N. Clay & Serengeti Stable



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