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Hall of Famer 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 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.
In 2006, Talamo won his first race at Louisiana Downs, and later became the first apprentice to win the Fair Grounds riding title during the 2006-2007 racing meet. Talamo was the winner of the 2007 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey and won his first Breeders' Cup race in 2009 aboard California Flag in the Turf Sprint. Talamo was aboard Sidney’s Candy in the 2010 Kentucky Derby and finished seventeenth. The young jockey recently reached the milestone of 1,000 career victories which is quite an accomplishment for a rider that is only 22 years old.
Gillian Campbell, R Group Management Ltd and Greenwood Lodge Farm
Gillian Campbell, of London, is also represented by Kentucky Oaks contender Killer Graces who became the owner's first horse and first winner. She recently purchased Summer Applause in partnership and is enjoying a quick return on investment. R. Group Management Ltd. is also a member of the successful partnership.Greenwood Lodge Farm is owned by Bill and Carole McAlpin and is the breeder and co owner of Summer Applause. The McAlpins have a family coffee business and reside on the Paris Kentucky farm where they raise horses to race and for the sales ring.
Jemima’s Pearl was kind of a surprise contender for the Kentucky Oaks, having made her stakes bow a third-place run in the Fantasy Stakes just a month before the race. However, both her sire, Distorted Humor, and dam, Jemima, quickly took off once making that initial black-type start.
Distorted Humor was well-beaten in his stakes debut but would go on to capture his next try by 5 ½ lengths before posting a trio of seconds against Grade 2 company. By the time he retired to stud, the chestnut had four graded wins and more than $750,000 in career earnings.
It’s in the breeding shed where Distorted Humor has really left his mark, though. His most well-known offspring is champion and Kentucky Derby hero Funny Cide, who also captured the Preakness and Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Distorted Humor’s progeny have had no problem scoring in route contests, conquering races from four furlongs to 3 ½ miles to average a 7.1 furlong winning distance.
Jemima is by Owington, a great-grandson of Northern Dancer. The mare was a Group 2 victress in England and her dam side includes the likes of Group 2 hero Runnett, who placed in the King’s Stand Stakes twice during his career.
Distorted Humor has been successful with Jemima’s Northern Dancer sire line. Offspring produced by the cross include Drosselmeyer, hero of the 2010 Belmont Stakes and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
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