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|Mar 31 2012||Gulfstream Oaks Gulfstream Park||II||1 1/8 Miles||7||REPLAY|
|Oct 30 2011||Pocahontas Churchill Downs||II||1 Mile||2||REPLAY|
|Oct 7 2011||Darley Alcibiades Keeneland||I||1 1/16 Miles (S)||6||REPLAY|
|Sep 4 2011||Spinaway Saratoga||I||7 Furlongs||3||REPLAY|
Michael Matz stepped into the national spotlight of horse racing as the trainer of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. Throughout the triumph and tragedy of that year he recognized the great effect Barbaro had on the racing industry and it's fans. He is an accomplished equestrian and rode on the USA Olympic Team earning team and individual medals, and had the honor of carrying the American Flag in the closing ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympic Games.
Leparoux is a two time Eclipse champion jockey and only the fourth to win the honor for top apprentice (2006) as well as journeyman rider (2009). He won the Shoemaker award in 2009 in recognition of his three Breeder's Cup wins that year. He is a five time Breeder's Cup winner.He grew up around racing in Chantilly, France and knew at a young age he wanted to be a jockey. Father Robert was a jockey and assistant trainer. Julien came to North American in 2003 and began working for trainer and fellow Frenchman Patrick Biancone galloping horses.
Helen K. Groves
Helen Groves is a direct descendent of Richard King of the legendary King Ranch in Texas. Her father, Robert Kleberg developed the thoroughbred side of the ranch and is synonomous with the success of King Ranch. 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault and 1950 Kentucky Derby winner Middleground are just two of the many top thoroughbreds to wear the famous King Ranch silks. Helen, an accomplished equestrian, began riding at the age of 4 and was working cattle by age 10. She is in the National Cutting Horse, National Cowgirl and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
And Why Not is the blueblood in this year’s Kentucky Oaks. Descended from Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee she is by top sire Street Cry.
Street Cry’s most famous offspring is supermare Zenyatta, who earned Horse of the Year accolades and three championship titles during her time on track. She became the first mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic with her one-length victory in 2009, and almost retired undefeated, just missing by a head in her 2010 Classic title defense in her career finale.
Street Cry has sired other top runners as well, most notably 2007 Kentucky Derby king and fellow stallion Street Sense. That colt became the first to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and go on the next year to take the Derby.
And Why Not’s broodmare sire is A.P. Indy, who is a son of Seattle Slew. The bay filly is out of Grade 3-placed Alchemist, herself a daughter of Grade 1 queen Aldiza. And Why Not is a half-sibling to dual-stakes placed Burj Dubai while her dam counts as a full sister Grade 3 victress Altesse.
And Why Not’s fourth dam is Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee, from whom is descended the likes of Group/Grade 1-winning sires Green Desert and Arch; champion Althea; UAE Horse of the Year Festival of Light; and Grade 1 vixens Balletto, Acoma and Aldiza.
Street Cry’s offspring have no problem getting distances of ground, and has done well when crossed with the Seattle Slew sire line. Runners produced from this cross include Grade 2 winners Blues Street and Princess Haya.
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