Meet the Owners of the Kentucky Derby Contenders

You’ve probably heard of some of the horses running in this year’s Kentucky Derby , but how much do you know about their owners? Here’s your chance to meet the people …

12. Enforceable

About: John Oxley founded Oxley Petroleum, an oil and gas exploration firm based in his native Tulsa, Okla. in 1962. He sold the company in May of 2003 and has since started Oxley Resources LLC, a smaller scale oil and gas exploration and production venture.

6. Max Player

Owner: George E. Hall

About: A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, George Hall is president of the Clinton Group, Inc., a Manhattan-based investment company which manages over $6 billion in capital. He was awarded the Sir Harold Acton Medal from New York University in recognition of his philanthropy, and he established the George E. Hall Childhood Diabetes Foundation at Mount Sinai Hospital after his eldest niece’s diagnosis when she was just 6 years old. Additionally, Hall has helped establish the Head and Neck Cancer Research Laboratory at NYU as well as the endowment of a chair for its Department of Otolaryngology.

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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