We had some internet issues at work Saturday, so I didn’t get to do my catchup blog. So, here are a few thoughts on the past week of work I missed while we were on vacation.
That isn’t Crawford on the horse, in case you were wondering:) Here’s a release sent on Crawford’s behalf:
“Iowa, we’re going to the Derby,” was the announcement Jerry Crawford made today after the 86th running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keenland in Lexington, Kent. He was referring to the second-place finish by Paddy O’Prado in the $750,000 stakes race, which is a qualifier for the Kentucky Derby. The top 20 horses ranked by graded earnings qualify for the Derby.
A Crawford-led investor group, Donegal Racing—composed primarily of Iowans—owns the three-year-old Paddy O’Prado, who broke his maiden on March 6 with a win in the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The investor group bought the horse for $105,000, making him something of a Cinderella story, and with his qualification for the Kentucky Derby, he is on his way to the ball.
The Donegal investors in addition to Crawford are:
• Dennis Albaugh
• Jason Loutsch
• Peter DeCoster
• George Cataldo
• Gary Kirke Sr.
• Gary Kirke Jr.
• Judi Smith
• Joe Savage
• Bill Jacobson, MD
In today’s race Paddy was actually leading before being overpowered by long shot Stately Victor.
The Kentucky Derby runs on May 1, at Churchill Downs and Kent Desormeaux, who has more Derby wins under his belt than any other active jockey, will be riding Paddy. Desmormeaux rode Paddy in the Blue Grass Stakes today.
The Derby is run on dirt and the Blue Grass was run on polytrack. Paddy broke his maiden on turf.