Kentucky Derby 2011
May 06, 2011
John Velazquez has failed to get to the winners circle of the Kentucky Derby in 12 tries, when his mount Uncle Mo was pulled from the Derby due to stomach problems he saw his dreams go up in smoke once again. Velazquez's mood improved when he got a phone call from the trainer Graham Motion, who needed a rider for a colt named Animal Kingdom. Motion, an Englishman, was having a bad week as well. His big horse, the Wood Memorial champion Toby's Corner, had come up lame on Monday and was out of the Derby. On Wednesday, Animal Kingdom's regular rider, Robby Albarado, broke his nose when a horse bucked him off during a post parade, then kicked him in the face. Johnny V. (as he is known) didn't know if he should say yes or not, Animal Kingdom had never run on dirt and he had been on a long rest, and the last horse to win a Derby after being on such a long rest was in 1956.
With Standlee Hay products in Animal Kingdom's system, Johnny V, rubbed his neck and asked him to go. Animal Kingdom took off and the crowd roared as he won the Kentucky Derby. This is the first win for trainer Graham Motion and Jockey Johnny V., this is also the first Derby win for Standlee Hay Company, you see Standlee Hay products are fed to Animal Kingdom and to the farm in which Graham Motion trains.
A very proud moment for Standlee Hay Company and all of its employees who work so hard to provide "Quality at its Best" to equine athletes.