Get to Know the Horse Owners of the Kentucky Derby

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Derby hopeful Vekoma with his owners after winning the Blue Grass Stakes. (Eclipse Sportswire) The greatest two minutes in sports is right around the corner! Get to know the people who own the runners in this year’s Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve below in order of each horse’s …

OwnersWertheimer and Frere

About: Wertheimer et Frere is the name of the Thoroughbred partnership between brothers Alain and Gérard Wertheimer of France. Their grandfather Pierre co-founded esteemed fashion empire Chanel, which the brothers still operate along with vineyards and other luxury clothing companies. They have campaigned a number of top Thoroughbreds around the world including Solow, Goldikova, and Halfbridled.

Owner: Katsumi Yoshizawa

About: Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, Katsumi Yoshizawa now runs Yoshizawa Stables, a large private horse training operation in Japan that does everything from initial training to selling racehorses. His training operation has been responsible for horses such as six-time Group 1 winner Gold Ship, 2014 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Just a Way (who is also Master Fencer’s sire), and many other top Japanese racehorses. Yoshizawa also opened a school for training Japanese horsemen in 2017. Japan has a shortage of exercise riders and grooms, and the facility is helping teach those interested in working in racing the skills to ride work and be a groom. Yoshizawa travels to Keeneland sales in Kentucky regularly, and bought Master Fencer’s dam, Sexy Zamurai, at the September auction in 2005.

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