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Corridor of Repute teacher Bob Baffert wins a record-tying 6th Kentucky Derby.

Louisville Courier Magazine

There would possibly by no means were a Kentucky Derby-winning possession staff extra various than the person who scored Saturday’s victory with Unique.

Billionaire B. Wayne Hughes and his Spendthrift Farm are the bulk proprietor, however extra than four,000 micro-owners bought $206 stocks of Unique earlier than the race via MyRaceHorse.com, which owns 12.five% of the pony.

Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing also are section homeowners.

“(Skier) Bode Miller, he was once checking in earlier than: How’s our horse?” teacher Bob Baffert stated. “Walker Buehler from the Dodgers: How we having a look? I stated, if they offer us the lead, it’s adios. That’s what took place.

“That’s the way you’re going to get younger other folks into the sport. … It’s such things as that which can be going to assist horse racing. That’s the way you’re going to get the younger fan.”

Jockey John Velazquez rides Unique to victory within the 146th Kentucky Derby. (Photograph: Michael Clevenger, Louisville Courier Magazine)

MyRaceHorse.com is concerned within the possession of just about 50 horses. Simply lower than part of the ones concerned partnerships with Spendthrift Farms, in line with founder Michael Behrens, who famous a number of NASCAR drivers had additionally bought stocks of Unique.

The micro-owners will every obtain a pro-rata proportion of the winnings in accordance with the quantity of stocks they bought, Behrens stated.

“It is a superb game,” Behrens stated. “We make it very, very tough occasionally to return in from the out of doors. I do know that as an intruder. I believe this simply makes it really easy to return in. I believe as of late that was once obtrusive.”

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In an interview with Thoroughbred Daily News before the derby, Hughes, who built his fortune in the self-storage business, pointed to the need to broaden the horse racing fan base as a reason he had embraced the partnership with MrRaceHorse.com.

Spendthrift president Eric Gustavson credited Hughes’ innovative nature for his willingness to help democratize horse ownership.

“To know that there’s 4,600 or so people at home that literally own a piece of the Derby winner; it’s an ultimate thrill for me,” Behrens said.

Spendthrift Farms secured its first victory in a Triple Crown race with Unique’s win. The farm was once additionally an proprietor of Thousand Phrases, which was once scratched simply earlier than the race after flipping within the paddock.

“I believe I’m nonetheless in surprise, nevertheless it actually was once a fantastic day,” stated Spendthrift basic supervisor Ned Toffey. “We were given the highs and the lows — all within the house of about 45 mins.”

Hughes watched the race with a bunch of friends and family from house. In a while after the win, Spendthrift tweeted a video of the gang mobbing Hughes as Unique crossed the end line.

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The win marked the achievement of a promise Baffert made earlier than the Derby to start with was once postponed within the spring.

“I informed his daughter, you already know what, I’m going to win this, I’m going to win the Derby to your dad,” Baffert stated. “I believed it was once going to be Thousand Phrases.

“… I’m so satisfied for him. He’s been on this sport see you later. He merits to win this race. To me, I believe like I’m prouder to win it for him so he can say he gained the Kentucky Derby now. Particularly whilst you win in Kentucky, this is severe bragging rights.”

Jon Hale: jahale@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @JonHale_CJ.

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