RUN FOR THE ROSES: DERBY DREAMS
Three of racing's most colorful trainers and their, "Derby Dreams" are revisited: Maryland's GROVER "BUD" DELP, New York's JOHNNY CAMPO and Nebraska's JACK VANBERG.
BUDDY DELP had been training horses on the Maryland circuit since 1962; in 1977 his long-time clients, the Meyerhoff's, went to the Keeneland Fall Yearling Sales and purchased a colt that would be DELP's once-in-a-lifetime Thoroughbred; his name...SPECTACULAR BID. As a two-year-old he would take championship honors by winning 7-of-9 races for 1978. He rolled to Churchill Downs on a ten-race winning streak and was made the overwhelming favorite for the1979 Kentucky Derby - he would not disappoint. Highlights of the following SPECTACULAR BID races are shown: the 1978 Laurel Futurity, 1979 Florida Derby, 1979 Flamingo, 1979 Kentucky Derby, 1979 Preakness, 1979 Belmont, 1980 Woodward Stakes and 1980 Strub Stakes.
They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere; JOHNNY CAMPO trained horses in New York for 28 years...but for all his success winning over 1,400 races, multiple training titles and almost $26 million in career earnings his greatest achievement came at Kentucky's Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May in 1981 with a colt named PLEASANT COLONY - a classic underachiever. There was nothing about PLEASANT COLONY's earlier races as at three-year-old that would make anyone think he'd even make it into the starting gates at Churchill Downs, but after the race, CAMPO's feelings were that of jubilation and vindication. Highlights of the following PLEASANT COLONY races are shown: 1980 Remsen Stakes, 1981 Wood Memorial, 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
JACK VANBERG is considered one of America's ultimate horsemen and he came by it naturally...a Nebraska-bred by Hall of Fame trainer, MARION VANBERG; he achieved success the old-fashioned way...he earned it. He was the first of the truly national trainers with seven racing divisions from New York to California, won training titles, set records for victories, collected award after award, was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame...but like his father, he still had not accomplished his ultimate goal: winning the Kentucky Derby...he had tried four times until 1987...the horse was ALYSHEBA. ALYSHEBA would overcome the worst trip in Kentucky Derby history and take the roses after recovering from a fall in the stretch that took him to his knees! ALYSHEBA would go on to greatness the next year winning seven of nine races and becoming America's horse. He retired with a then-record career earnings total of more than $6.6 million; with all his victories, the Kentucky Derby, no doubt, meant the most to JACK VANBERG. Highlights of the following ALYSHEBA races are shown: the 1986 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, 1987 Blue Grass Stakes, 1987 Kentucky Derby, 1987 Preakness, 1987 Belmont and 1987 Breeders' Cup Classic.
The, "Run for the Roses", the "Derby dream"...it's what motivates horsemen to work from sunup 'til sundown in the hopes that someday the Derby trophy will be theirs. For those select few who share that special feeling of having won the Kentucky Derby...they understand the dream and they know it's a dream that lives forever!
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