Louisville Magazine

APR 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.19 39 antsy jockeys line up at the "starting gate," marked by a spray-painted line in the grass. The Churchill Downs bugler, Steve Buttleman, amps the kids, er, jockeys up with a call to post. There's even a "Million- aires Row," with tickets to seating raffled through an annual fundraiser. Hoskins says Barbara Buddeke Ogden, who was a kindergarten teacher at the school for al- most 30 years, fostered the tradition and success of the spectacle. (This year's race is May 2, the Thursday before Derby.) Hoskins earned her Gato Del Sol mount for her times in earlier "stakes races" (practice runs that determine which horse each runner is paired with, based on the year's actual Derby odds). Gato Del Sol — the real one — won the roses several days later. "My parents still kick themselves for not placing a bet that year in the real Derby," Hoskins says. Her sons, now in fifth and ninth grades, ran the race when they were younger. "Neither one of them placed," Hoskins says, "but I do remember Jude's comment after he ran. He came up to us and excit- edly announced, 'I didn't come in last!'"

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