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Bill Mott

Trainer

Bill Mott has had seven starters in the Kentucky Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 with Hold Me Back. He won his first Triple Crown race with Drosselmeyer in the 2010 Belmont Stakes. Bill owned and trained his first horse named My Assets at the age of 15. He won his first race with this mare who he purchased for $320. Before he graduated high school, he had won the South Dakota Futurity with Kosmic Tour. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for three years and gained valuable knowledge about running his own training operation, opening his own racing stable in 1978. Mott trained Cigar who was the highest money earner of all time until 2008 and tied the record for 16 straight wins during the1995 and 1996 racing seasons. He won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1995 and 1996 and was honored with the Turf Publicists of America Big Sport of Turfdom Award in 1996. In 1998, Bill was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame and reached the milestone of 4,000 career wins in 2010. In November 2010, he trained Unrivaled Belle to a Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic victory at Churchill Downs. He has won nine training titles at Saratoga, ten titles at Belmont Park, nine at Gulfstream Park, five titles at Keeneland and is the most victorious trainer of all time at Churchill Downs. Bill currently has a 100 horse stable that is based in New York and Kentucky. Bill Mott was born on July 29, 1953 and resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Live Oak Plantation

Owner

Charlotte Weber is the owner of Live Oak Plantation and was introduced to horse racing at a very young age by family members. She is the granddaughter of the Campbell Soup founder, John T. Dorrance, and one of the heirs to the company’s fortune. In 2005 she was honored with the Penny Chenery Most Distinguished Woman in Racing Award. Charlotte’s, Live Oak Stud, a 4500 acre breeding operation in Ocala Florida, has had offspring that have won at least $1 million in earnings for the past decade. Top horses include Breeders Cup Turf Mile winner, Miesque's Approval, Grade 1 winners To Honor and Serve, Brilliant Speed and Sultry Song to name a few. Charlotte Weber splits her time between her homes in Ocala, Florida; Hobe Sound, Florida; Saratoga Springs, New York; and New York City.

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