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Doug O'Neill

Trainer

Doug O'Neill began training in 1994 and has been a perennial leader on the southern California racing circuit. In 2012 he rose to the highest level of the sport by saddling I'll Have Another to win the 138th Kentucky Derby and he would also go on to capture the Preakness stakes but was retired before a run for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Prior to his success with I'll Have Another, Doug was recognized for his campaigning of the popular gelding Lava Man who he claimed for $50,000 and would go on to win over $5 million including grade 1 races on three different surfaces while capturing the hearts and interest of fans around the world. Lava Man is now the stable pony for Team O'Neill and escorted I'll Have Another to the post of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories. He has saddled the winners of three Breeders Cup races and trained three Eclipse champions. Other top stable stars include He's Had Enough, Goldencents, Know More, Handsome Mike, Stevie Wonderboy, Thor's Echo, Square Eddie, Maryfield, Great Hunter and Notional. He credits his brother Dennis, stable manager and bloodstock agent, for helping with his success.

Corey Nakatani

Jockey

Corey finished second in Kentucky Derby 137 aboard Nehro in his fifteenth Derby appearance. He has ridden two Kentucky Oaks winners, Lilt Light and Pike Place Dancer. Corey was a champion wrestler in high school and had his first experience with horse racing when his father stopped at Santa Anita Park on their way home from a wrestling tournament. Intrigued by the sport he began working on the backside as a hot walker and later learned to ride. He went to jockey school and after graduating in 1988, went to ride in Mexico where he rode his first winner in a dead heat aboard Blue King. He has won nine Breeders’ Cup races with My Miss Aureli, Regally Ready, Lit de Justice, Elmhurst, Reraise, Jewel Princess, Silic, Sweet Catomine, and Thor’s Echo. Corey ranks as one of the top 75 jockeys in the United States having won riding titles at Santa Anita Park, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and Oak Tree. On May 29, 2006 he rode four winners at Hollywood park to achieve his 3,000th career win. Besides his riding skills, Corey is also a talented golfer and carries a three handicap.

Daniel Kramer, Dave Kenney & RAP Racing (Rick a. Pitino)

Owner

Daniel Kramer is a veterinarian and the CEO of Equine Nutriceuticals.  Kramer has always been enthusiastic about animals, especially horses, since he was a young child, and began riding horses at the age of 9.  Kramer worked as a professional horse trainer through and after college, and even met his wife while working at the Columbia Horse Center.  Kramer  has served on a number of boards including the Horse Industry Alliance, the American Youth Horse Council, and Ryerrs Horse Retirement Center.

Pedigree

Empress of Midway is by multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Empire Maker, who never ran worse than third in eight races, capturing the Belmont Stakes, Wood Memorial and Florida Derby, all Grade 1s.

The stallion is a son of Toussaud, a Grade 1 queen herself who produced three other Grade 1 winners and was honored as Broodmare of the Year in 2002.

Empire Maker has been just as, if not more, successful in the breeding shed as his dam, siring the likes of dual Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner and three-time Eclipse champion Royal Delta; Grade 1 scorers Pioneerof the Nile, Bodemeister and Grace Hall; and four of the last five heroines of the Spinster in Emollient, In Lingerie, Acoma and Mushka.

Pioneerof the Nile and Bodemeister both placed in the Kentucky Derby while Grace Hall ran third in the 2012 Kentucky Oaks.

Empress of Midway’s dam is stakes winner Miss City Halo, who is herself a daughter of stakes victress Glimmer Glass.

In addition to Empress of Midway, Glimmer Glass is also the grandam of Grade 1 hero Street Hero and Grade 2 star Premier Pegasus.

Glimmer Glass is a half-sister to Grade 1 conqueror Trojan Bronze and the winning Clystalla, who would go on to be the ancestress of numerous Australian Group scorers and champions such as November Rain and Race Master.

A bit farther back this female line boasts dual French champion and leading sire Irish River.

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