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May 5 2001 127th Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 1 N/A


John T. Ward, Jr.


John trained 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos who ran the second fastest time in the history of the Kentucky Derby, Beautiful Pleasure winner of the1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and Gal in a Ruckus 1995 Kentucky Oaks winner.John has an extraordinary Kentucky Oaks contender in Dancinginherdreams, a nearly white gray filly who demolished the field in the Pocahontas Stakes (GII) at Churchill Downs.John was one of the founding members of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and has been associated with the Kentucky Racing Commission, Kentucky Equine Drug Council, National Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, and Sales Integrity Task Force. He received the honor of leading trainer in 2000 at Keeneland’s Fall Meet.It is almost a Ward family tradition to become a horse trainer. John’s grandfather, father, and uncle were all Thoroughbred trainers.  At the age of five, he started working in his father’s barn.  He rode hunter jumper horses in competitions until he was he was 23 years old.  In 1976, he took over the family farm when his father, John T. Ward, passed away.John T. Ward Jr. was born on August 2, 1945 and resides in Paris, Kentucky.

Jorge Chavez


Chavez, a native of Peru, rode Monarchos to victory in the Florida Derby and the 2001 Kentucky Derby. He won the Breeders' Cup Distaff and Sprint in 1999 as well as the Cigar Mile and was awarded the Eclipse Award for Ourstanding Jockey. In 2000 he was awarded the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship by the New York Racing Association.

John C. Oxley


John's winners include Monarchos who was the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, 1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Eclipse Award winner Beautiful Pleasure, 1995 Kentucky Oaks winner Gal in a Ruckus, and graded stakes winners Sky Mesa, Dancinginherdreams, Northern Passion, Prospective and Dr. Pleasure. His wife Debby is a part of the stable and campaigns horses under her name as well including stakes winner Darling My Darling. In 1962, John founded an oil and gas exploration firm Oxley Petroleum in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 2003, he sold his company and started a smaller scale venture named Oxley Resources, LLC. He is the son of John T. Oxley, a Hall of Fame polo player, and is an active polo player himself. John has been inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame, was a chairman of the U.S. Polo Association, and along with his brother owns the Royal Palm Polo Club in Florida. He is a member of the Jockey Club and a storng advocate for the thoroughbred industry.

J. D. Squires



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