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Rick Violette Jr.

Trainer

Rick got his start in the horse industry showing hunters and jumpers and then started galloping race horses part-time. He decided to switch to racing full time and started his own public stable in 1983.  Since then, he has developed many New York and Graded Stakes winners.

Klaravich Stables Inc. & William H. Lawrence

Owner

Seth Klarman, of Klaravich Stables, is the president of The Baupost Group, one of the most successful hedge fund companies in the world. Following his graduation from Cornell, he began his professional career with Mutual Shares Corporation. He went on to Harvard Business School and joined the newly formed Baupost in 1982. He is a recpient of Harvard Business School's highest honor, the Alumni Achievement Award and is a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox. Klarman discovered racing by growing up three blocks from Pimlico Race Course. He bought his first horse in the 1980s with a friend and then became involved in partnerships. In 1993, he and an old friend, Jeff Ravich, who grew up with Klarman in Baltimore, started Klaravich Stables, which was derived from the two owners’ names. Ravich left the racing end of the partnership to start his own stable on the West Coast in 2004. Klarman kept the stable name and formed a partnership with William Lawrence, whom he met through a mutual friend. Most of the horses owned by Klaravich Stables are given names with financial connections. 

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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.

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Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

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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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