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D. Wayne Lukas

Trainer

Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas is a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, and 43rd Derby starter in 2009.  A four-time Eclipse Award winner (1985-87 and 1994), Lukas is the all-time leading money winner and the first to reach the $200 million plateau. Lukas has trained a record of 24 Thoroughbred champions and three Eclipse Awards Horse of the Year winners. He's tied with Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown race victories, 13. Beginning in 1994 Lukas won a record six consecutive Triple Crown races. 

Gary Stevens

Jockey

Gary Stevens is an Eclipse Award winning jockey with wins in 8 Triple Crown races including 3 Kentucky Derbies. Gary is originally from Idaho where he grew up in a horse racing family. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997, Gary has won nearly every major race around the world including 8 Breeders Cup races and the Dubai World Cup. He starred in the Academy Award nominated film Seabiscuit playing the role of George Woolf in 2003. In 2005 he retired from racing and became a broadcast racing analyst for NBC. He recently returned to the saddle and back to his familiar spot in the winner's circle. Some of the top horses Gary has ridden include, Winning Colors, Thunder Gulch, Silver Charm, Point Given, Silverbulletday, Victory Gallop and Da Hoss.

Michael Tabor

Owner

Michael Tabor is an owner and breeder from London, England.  His partnership with Coolmore and Ashford stud has produced numerous champions in North America and Europe. Tabor owned Thunder Gulch who won the 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes as well as the Travers Stakes. He is one of four men to own both a Kentucky Derby and Epsom Derby winner.  His horses have won the Breeders' Cup Turf, the Epsom Derby, l'Arc de Triomphe, and the Irish Derby. Notable horses include: Giant's Causeway, Hurricane Run, Montjeu, Galileo, High Chaparrel, and Camelot.

Peter Brant

Breeder

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California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.