Louisville Magazine

APR 2012

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When was the last time a Louisville-owned horse won the Kentucky Derby? If you research-travel way back to the year 1906, you'll find industrialist George J. Long, the owner of Bashford Manor Stable, leading Sir Huon into the winner's circle at Churchill Downs following the colt's impres- sive triumph in the 32nd Kentucky Derby. Tat's the last time a Louisville-owned horse won the race — 106 years ago. It was Long's second Derby win (he also won with Azra in 1892), with two seconds, a third and three fourth-place finishes in 11 tries. Sir Huon, named for a mythical knight, was bred by Long at his Bashford Manor Farm, located on land in modern-day south- A local partnership owns most of Derby hopeful Hansen. WWW.ATASTEOFKY.COM east Louisville where the shopping center of that name is located. Te barns are all gone now, but the farm's impressive residence remains, just a block east of Bardstown Road. It's not that Louisvillians haven't been regu- larly represented in the big race. Last year a syndicate of mostly Louisville owners ran longshot Twinspired, finishing 17th. Father- son partners Tom and Jack Conway were eighth with Stately Victor in 2010, and Tom McCarthy ran 10th with General Quarters in 2009. Te best finish for Jack and Laurie Wolf's Starlight Stable has been seventh with Harlan's Holiday in 2002. Ownership records are sketchy, but according to my research it's been four decades since a Louisville horse even finished on the board. Blue Skyer was third behind Kauai King for local owners Jim Padgett and Hugh Grant in 1966. But they keep trying. Tis year, Starlight and attorney Ed WWW.SCOUTONMARKET.COM [52] LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.12 Glassock had undefeated Algorithms rated with the top contenders in Florida before the horse was sidelined with a leg injury. But the principle partners of the Twinspired group, Jim Shircliff and Dr. Harvey Diamond, are back knocking on the Derby door with Hansen, the 2011 Champion Two-Year-Old they own with Northern Kentucky owner- breeder Dr. Kendall Hansen. Keep your fingers crossed. Q PHOTO BY NICK KAREM

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