Derby Contenders

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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Feb 23 2013 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park II 1 1/16 M 2 REPLAY
Dec 15 2012 CashCall Futurity Hollywood Park I 1 1/16 M 1 REPLAY

Connections

Todd Pletcher

Trainer

Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and trained Rags to Riches to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2007 and Princess of Sylmar for win the 2013 Kentucky Oaks. He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010. He has trained multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank.

Black Rock Thoroughbreds LLLP

Owner

Steven Marshall races under the name Black Rock Stables which is an expression in the oil business. Steven is the president of Western Energy production company, and oil and gas exploration and production company. He became interested in horse racing through a friendship with Bill Allen who owned Wild Again. He has since purchased Ardmore Farm in Versailles Kentucky and has expanded his stable of horses through purchases at the sales and privately. He was a minority owner in I Want Revenge, Wood Memorial winner and morning line Kentucky Derby favorite (prior to be being scratched due to injury). Other top horses include Silver Medallion.

Pedigree

Violence's pedigree suggests that he should handle the Derby's 1 1/4 miles.

His sire, Medaglia d'Oro, won the 2002 Travers at the classic distance and missed narrowly in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes. Later an outstanding older horse, he garnered such prestigious events as the Whitney and Donn Handicaps. He was also twice runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Medaglia d'Oro's first crop was sensational, headlined by Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who defeated males in the 2009 Preakness, Haskell and Woodward, and crushed the Kentucky Oaks by a record margin. Best known as a filly sire, he had another Kentucky Oaks winner in Plum Pretty (2011), along with top fillies Champagne d'Oro, Gabby's Golden Gal and turf star Marketing Mix. Until Violence came along, his only U.S. Grade 1-winning son was Carter hero Warrior's Reward.

Violence is the second registered foal from the royally-bred Violent Beauty, a winning daughter of world-renowned stallion Gone West. Aside from establishing a strong sire line, Gone West has emerged as a prominent sire of broodmares, with his daughters producing Epsom Derby victor Motivator and last year's Belmont winner Union Rags.

Violence's third dam (the great-granddam in the female line) is Hall of Famer Sky Beauty, whose lengthy list of titles includes the 1 1/4-mile Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama in 1993.

This blue-blood family was back in the news in 2012, thanks to the high-class turf marathoner Point of Entry, who won five straight before finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

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