Derby Contenders

Prep Race History

Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 3 2008 134th Kentucky Derby presented by YUM! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 4 REPLAY

Connections

Barclay Tagg

Trainer

A native of Abington, Pennsylvania Barclay Tagg  worked as an assitant under Hall of Fame trainer Frank Whiteley before saddling his first winner in 1972. He won five stakes with Miss Josh in 1991, the 1994 Mon O' War with Royal Mountain Inn, and the 1999 Mid-Atlantic Championship Series with Crab Grass.  In 2003 he won the Kentucky Derby on his first attempt with Funny Cide, who went on to win the Peakness Stakes.

Eibar Coa

Jockey

Born in Monagas, Venezuela on February 15, 1971, Eibar Coa was a five-time judo champion in his homeland between the ages of eight and 18, but left the sport to go to jockey school from 1989-1991. He started riding in Venezuela in 1992, spent a stint in the United States in 1993, but shifted his tack permanently in 1996. Coa has become a top rider in both Florida and New York. Inducted into Calder’s Hall of Fame in 2004, he has also captured riding titles at Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Monmouth Park. Coa led all riders in New York in 2006, becoming only the fourth jockey in history to win more than 300 races on that circuit in a single season, and he followed up by ranking as New York's leading jockey again in 2007. Coa's notable mounts of 2008 include Donn H. (G1) winner Spring At Last, Dwyer S. (G2) victor Mint Lane, Matron S. (G2) queen Doremifasollatido, Brooklyn H. (G2) hero Delosvientos and Harlem Rocker, winner of the Withers S. (G3) and the Prince of Wales S. Coa's best Kentucky Derby finish came in 2008 aboard fourth-place finisher Tale of Ekati.

Charles E. Fipke

Owner

Fipke is a geologist who discovered one of the largest diamond mines in Canada in 1991, the Ekati Mine which supplies more than 4 % of the world's diamond production. He currently lives in British Columbia and has been active in racing in Canada and North America since 1981. He won Canada's most prestigious race, The Queen's Plate, with his home bred Not Bourbon in 2008 and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby in 2007 with Tale of Ekati who is named for the famous diamond mine he owns a share of. In 2011 his Perfect Shirl was an upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs and 2012 saw his G-1 winner Jersey Town add the G-1 Kelso to his resume. Other top horses Fipke has campaigned include Perfect Soul, Lady Shakespeare and Society's Chairman.

Charles E. Fipke

Breeder

Fipke is a geologist who discovered one of the largest diamond mines in Canada in 1991, the Ekati Mine which supplies more than 4 % of the world's diamond production. He currently lives in British Columbia and has been active in racing in Canada and North America since 1981. He won Canada's most prestigious race, The Queen's Plate, with his home bred Not Bourbon in 2008 and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby in 2007 with Tale of Ekati who is named for the famous diamond mine he owns a share of. In 2011 his Perfect Shirl was an upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs and 2012 saw his G-1 winner Jersey Town add the G-1 Kelso to his resume. Other top horses Fipke has campaigned include Perfect Soul, Lady Shakespeare and Society's Chairman.

Pedigree

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