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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.
Bejarano fell in love with horse racing while attending the races in his native Peru. He studied at the country’s jockey school and groomed horses in the mornings to pay for his tuition. In May of 2002 he came to the United States and won his first race in July that same year. He has won riding titles at all major tracks in California and Kentucky. He won the 2010 Kentucky Oaks aboard champion Blind Luck.He was the regular rider for Breeders Cup winners Intercontinental and Ginger Punch. Other top horses from 2011 include Liaison, Weemissfrankie and Euroears.
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, Paul Weitman
Pegram, Watson and Weitman have been lifelong friends and have had a great deal of success in the horse business together. The first horse the three partners purchased was Midnight Lute who won back to back editions of the Breeder's Cup Sprint and was named Eclipse Champion sprinter. They followed that success with champion two and three year old Lookin at Lucky . Pegram owns a string of McDonald's restaurants in Arizona and Watson and Weitman own car dealerships in Arizona.
Midnight Lucky ran herself into the Kentucky Oaks picture with a romping win in the Sunland Park Oaks on March 24, giving her sire, Midnight Lute, yet another top class runner in his first crop to race.
Midnight Lute was honored with an Eclipse Award as champion sprinter in 2007 following a 4 3/4-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He also captured the Grade 1 Forego that season and returned the next year from a nine-month layoff to defend his Breeders’ Cup title off just one prep.
The stallion has been represented thus far by Grade 3 Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie, Grade 2 San Vicente scorer Shakin It Up, stakes victress Midnight Ballet and Grade 3-placed Mylute.
Midnight Lucky is out of the Citidancer mare Citiview, who was unable to visit the winner’s circle in 10 starts.
The gray mare has done much better in the breeding shed, producing both Midnight Lucky and her stakes-placed half-sister Songofthecity.
Citiview is herself a daughter of the stakes-winning Allen’s Prospect mare Prospective joy, who also found success in the breeding shed when foaling Citiview’s full sister Hookedonthefeelin.
That mare would capture the Grade 1 La Brea and Grade 2 Landaluce before going on to produce multiple Grade 1 queen Pussycat Doll, Grade 1 victor Jimmy Creed, stakes winner Funny Feeling and multiple stakes-placed Blowing Kisses.
Farther back, this female family is responsible for champion handicap horse Bold Bidder, champion steeplechaser Top Bid and Group 1 Epsom Oaks heroine Intrepidity.
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