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Todd Pletcher


Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Rags to Riches (2007) and Princess of Sylmar (2013). He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Texas native has also been the leading American conditioner by money won nine times since 2004. He's conditioned multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank – and has saddled a co-record five starters in the Kentucky Derby twice before (2007 & 2013). Pletcher ranks second by Kentucky Derby starters with 40, trailing only living-legend D. Wayne Lukas.

Calvin Borel


Born in South Louisiana, Borel knew from a very early age he wanted to become a jockey. He won his first career Kentucky Derby in 2007 on Street Sense, and followed that up two years later with a rail skimming ride on longshot Mine That Bird, and won his third Kentucky Derby in 2010 aboard Super Saver. Borel also won the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes aboard Rachel Alexandra. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

WinStar Farm LLC.


In 2010, WinStar experienced its first victory in the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver. That same year Drosselmeyer, was the surprise winner of the Belmont Stakes and would go on to capture the Breeders Cup Classic in 2011. Their first Derby starter came in 2006 with a second place finish by Bluegrass Cat. In 2008 both Colonel John and Court Vision made a Run for the Roses, as did Mr. Hot Stuff in 2009. They were represented in 2009 as well with homebred Well Armed winning the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race. Bill Casner (founded Excel Communications) and Kenny Troutt (developed B&R Equipment) partnered in early 2000 and bought the 1,450-acre Prestonwood Farm property near Versailles, Kentucky, and named it WinStar. Bill Casner stepped down from his role and Mr. Troutt now remains as the owner of WinStar LLC. WinStar Farm is a state-of-the-art farm, with features such as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a newly renovated stallion complex, a training barn, and a research lab. WinStar’s breeding operation includes top stallions Tiznow, Distorted Humor, and Speightstown. Elliott Walden, former trainer, serves as the racing manger for WinStar Farm, who employs a variety of different trainers across the United States including: Todd Pletcher, Eoin Harty, Shannon Ritter, Bill Mott, and Kellyn Gorder. The Troutt family resides in Dallas, Texas.


War Pass-Runup the Colors, by A.P. Indy

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Revolutionary is a strong candidate for the classic distance, for he stands to inherit plenty of stamina from his dam, 1997 Alabama heroine Runup the Colors.

He gets high-class speed from his sire War Pass, the undefeated champion two-year-old colt of 2007. War Pass swept his first five starts, including the Champagne and Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but his Derby hopes were thwarted during the spring of 2008. He retired from racing following his runner-up effort in the Wood Memorial.

War Pass died suddenly in December 2010, leaving only two North American crops, at a great loss to the breeding world. Revolutionary is among the headliners in his first crop, along with Java's War and Ore Pass, winner of the seven-furlong Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes at Laurel.

Runup the Colors, a royally-bred daughter of A.P. Indy, should make up for any lack of stamina on War Pass's part. She scored her most significant win in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama, and also landed the Delaware Oaks and placed in both the Spinster and Ballerina. Runup the Colors has produced two other stakes performers, both placed at the Grade 2 level -- Tafaseel, a son of the sprinter Belong to Me who won at up to 1 1/8 miles, and Ice Road.

Hall of Famer A.P. Indy, hero of the 1992 Belmont and Breeders' Cup Classic, has become a supersire. His influence on the breed will endure through such sons as Pulpit, Bernardini and Mineshaft. Aside from establishing his own sire line, A.P. Indy ranks as a potent broodmare sire, with his daughters producing two-time champion Royal Delta and 2010 Derby star Super Saver.

Runup the Colors, a relative of Mineshaft, hails from one of the most productive families in modern times. Her dam, Delaware Oaks heroine Up the Flagpole, is the dam of seven stakes winners, including English/Irish/Italian champion Flagbird (ancestress of Fortify) and multiple Grade 1 queen Prospectors Delite, the Broodmare of the Year and dam of Horse of the Year Mineshaft. This line descends from the illustrious tap-root mare *La Troienne.

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