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May 4 2002 128th Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 1 N/A


Bob Baffert


Hall of Fame conditioner Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet, and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 24 horses in the Run for the Roses through 2014. The silver-haired trainer has also captured the Preakness Stakes a record-tying five times and earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty. In total, he has sent out the winners of nine Triple Crown races and 10 Breeders’ Cup events. 

Victor Espinoza


Espinoza made national headlines when he guided War Emblem to victory in the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 2002. The native of Mexico City, Mexico began riding in the United States in 1993 and has found great success on the California circuit. He won the 2000 Breeders’ cup Distaff aboard Spain and has ridden other great horses such as Evening Jewel, The Usual Q.T., Smiling Tiger, and Congaree.

The Thoroughbred Corporation


The Throughbred Corporation was a racing and breeding operation founded in 1994 by principal partner Prince Ahmed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and managed by Richard Mulhall. The Thoroughbred Corporation won the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Champion War Emblem and the the 2001 Preakness and Belmont with Horse of the Year Point Given. They also won four Breeders' Cups, and were one of only four owners to have ever raced both a Kentucky Derby winner and an Epsom Derby winner (Oath). Other notable horses include: Jewel Pincess, Anees, Spain and Johar.

Charles Nuckols, Jr. & Sons (Ky.)


Charles Nuchols, Jr. was a second generation horseman whose family has bred horses in Midway, Kentucky for more than 100 years. The Nuckols family, his father, brothers, sons, and clients, have bred more than 300 stakes winners and 13 champions. He bred 2002 Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem. Others notbale horses bred by Nuckols include: Decathlon, Typecast, Soy Numero Uno and Wise Times.


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