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Nov 24 2012 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs II 1 1/16 M 4 REPLAY
Oct 7 2012 Grey Woodbine III 1 1/16 M 2 N/A


Josie Carroll


Josie Carroll became the first female trainer to capture the prestigous Queen's Plate in Canada in 2006 with Edenwold, a horse she had trained to win the Canadian Sovereign Award in 2005. She follwed that with another victory in the Queen's Plate in 2011 with the filly Inglorious. Josie began her career in 1975 as an assistant to Candian Hall of Fame trainer Mac Benson and later for Mike Doyle and Mike Tammarro before going out on her own in 1994. She has consistently been one of the leading trainers in Canada while capturing many of the top stakes races there including the EP Taylor and Woodbine Oaks. She conditioned Careless Jewell who holds the winning margin record in the G-1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Other stable stars have included Tesseron, Tethra and Good and Tough.

Donver Stable


Donna and Vern Dubinsky own Donver Stable and have a farm outside of Alberta Canada with a breeding and pinhooking operation of about 50 horses. Vern has a trucking business and it was Donna who had the intial interest in horse racing. They raced Careless Jewell who won the G-1 Alabama by a record setting 11 lengths as well as Inglorious, a filly who defeated males in the prestigious Queen's Plate in 2011.


Tapit--Cute Cognac, by Hennessy

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Tesseron made all three starts at two turns as a juvenile and his pedigree stacks up well for the Kentucky Derby distance.

He is from the fifth crop of hot stallion Tapit, who covered Horse of the Year Zenyatta in 2012 and Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in 2013. Tapit won the 2004 running of the Wood Memorial in his fourth career start before finishing ninth in the Kentucky Derby on a sloppy track, but he made only one more start before heading to stud. By recently deceased prominent sire Pulpit, Tapit is out of a mare by 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Unbridled.

Tapit is responsible for three champions and numerous Grade 1 winners. His top offspring include 2011 champion two-year-old colt Hansen; 2008 champion two-year-old filly Stardom Bound; and Grade 1 winner Careless Jewel, who captured the 2009 Alabama at 1 ¼ miles. The fast-rising gray stallion is proving to be an outstanding source of both speed and stamina. He has several other current Derby hopefuls, including Normandy Invasion, He's Had Enough and Flashback.

Tesseron hails from a respectable female family in which a lot of route stakes winners can be found in his immediate bloodlines. He is the first foal to race from the stakes-winning Hennessy mare Cute Cognac, who made all five of her career starts at distances of a mile or more.  Hennessy, a well-bred son of Storm Cat, is the dam sire of a pair of Grade 1-winning sprinters as well as Alabama winner Careless Jewel, and he is the sire himself of Canadian champion filly Inglorious, who defeated males in the 1 ¼-mile Queen’s Plate.

Cute Cognac receives an even bigger dose of stamina from her female family.  She is out of a mare by Deputy Minister and Tesseron’s third maternal dam is by Riverman.

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