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Bob Baffert


Hall of Fame conditioner 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 24 horses in the Run for the Roses through 2014. The silver-haired trainer has also captured the Preakness Stakes a record-tying five times and earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty. In total, he has sent out the winners of nine Triple Crown races and 10 Breeders’ Cup events. 

Martin Garcia


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.

Mike Pegram


Mike Pegram is a sucessful restaurant fanchisee originally from Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Pegram is the owner of 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and 3 year old champion colt Real Quiet.  He also owns two time champion filly Silverbulletday who won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the 1999 Kentucky Oaks. He also owns 2001 Dubai World Cup winner Captain Steve.


Midnight Lute--Silverbulletway, by Storm Cat

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Govenor Charlie is a Bob Baffert runner in more ways than one, for he descends from three of Baffert's past stars -- his sire is Midnight Lute, his paternal grandsire is Real Quiet, and his maternal granddam is Silverbulletday.

Midnight Lute ended up being a champion sprinter, but his Hall of Fame trainer always thought that he was much more. Baffert pegged the son of Triple Crown near-misser Real Quiet as a potential Derby horse, and later, mentioned such prestigious 1 1/4-mile races as the Breeders' Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup as potential targets. But Midnight Lute kept suffering from various setbacks that limited his number, and types, of starts. Baffert nursed him through to back-to-back victories in the Breeders' Cup Sprint while hailing him as "the perfect Thoroughbred," and the best horse he'd ever trained.

Given that background, it wouldn't be a surprise if Midnight Lute passed on his raw talent, and something of Real Quiet's stamina, to progeny who might not have the physical issues that compromised his own career. His first crop just turned three, so they will put this hypothesis to the test. Midnight Lute's other early headliners include Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute; San Vicente winner Shakin It Up (from the same female line as Govenor Charlie); and unbeaten Kentucky Oaks contender Midnight Lucky.

Govenor Charlie is out of Silverbulletway, who is also responsible for sprint stakes winner Crisis of Spirit.

Silverbulletway is a daughter of supersire Storm Cat. Aside from his outstanding sire sons like Giant's Causeway, Tale of the Cat and Forestry, Storm Cat is a superb sire of broodmares as well. His daughters have produced such champions as Speightstown, Folklore and Lord Kanaloa (in Japan), and last year's Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister.

Silverbulletway's dam is Silverbulletday, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. The two-time champion won 14 stakes over her career, notably the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and 1999 Kentucky Oaks, Ashland, Gazelle and Alabama.

Silverbulletday comes from the family of another Hall of Famer in Arts and Letters, the runner-up in the 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness who went on to conquer the Belmont Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap, Travers, Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup.

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