Derby 2011 remains memorable for couples | Local News
There is Kentucky Derby fever and Kentucky Derby fever when you are part of an ownership group and your prized horse is entered in the most recognized race in the world.
The most exciting two minutes in the sport lasted much longer for Howvevalley’s MJ and Beth Fox Morrow – it’s now been 10 years since Mucho Macho Man was not only an entry to the Kentucky Derby, but finished third.
“Over the top doesn’t come close to describing the feelings and emotions surrounding having a horse in the Kentucky Derby,” said Beth Fox Morrow. “Considering that most riders and women go their entire careers without ever having had the privilege of owning a horse in the derby, it’s unreal to have one in the Kentucky Derby. This is what dreams are made of and seldom come true. “
The Morrows were part of an ownership group of 11 individuals and spouses who owned 30% of Mucho Macho Man, after a 70% stake was sold to Dean and Patty Reeves by Dream Team Racing.
A 3-year-old Mucho Macho Man – yes, named after the popular 1970s song “Macho Man” by The Village People – was still 2 years old when he competed in the Kentucky Derby 2011. He was born on June 15. 2008 in Florida.
When he won the Risen Star Stakes in New Orleans as the third pick in 4-1 betting in February 2011, his path to Churchill Downs was drawn.
“From that point on, our lives have been an absolute whirlwind of thoughts, emotions and events leading up to that first Saturday in May,” Beth said. “Most of the events leading up to this day are a bit hazy.”
Mucho Mach Man placed third behind Animal Kingdom and Nehro.
Derby Day itself, Beth said, is memorable for someone who has a vested interest as a horse owner.
“Every aspect of this experience was overwhelming to say the least,” she said. “Sounds and sounds of the colorful and cheerful crowd, to every Derby horse and all their connections, to the sacred sacred ground beneath our feet. Nothing can ever match the experience we had when we took this walk.
MJ says the chances of even having a connection to a horse racing in the Kentucky Derby are far away.
“We were asked if we were disappointed to be third in the Kentucky Derby,” he said. “And I say this: In 2008, there were about 30,000 thoroughbreds born in the United States. About a third of these made it to the track as racehorses. Of this third having reached the track, 20 reached the starting grid of the Kentucky Derby. As far as I’m concerned, when that door opened and he snapped clean, we were winners.
Mucho Macho Man raced in all three Triple Crown races in 2011, finishing sixth in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont.
“Probably not a day goes by that we don’t look back on this whole experience with Mucho Macho Man,” Beth said. “Our house is filled with photos and trophies from his pre-Derby campaign and his post-Derby racing years.”
Two years after the Kentucky Derby, Mucho Macho Man won the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic, earning him the Secretariat Vox Populi Award and the Moment of the Year from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, as well as two Eclipse Award nominations and 2013 Florida-Bred Horse. of the year.
For his career, he has raced 25 times, won nine races and finished 20 times in the top three. He earned over $ 5.6 million during his career before retiring in 2015.
Since 2011, the Morrows withdrew from syndication horse ownership and started Fox-Morrow Racing LLC where they are currently involved with another partner in breeding and racing.
The hope, as always, is to someday find a way back to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
“All of the weeks, months and even years that follow are still filled with joy and excitement for an experience of a lifetime,” Beth said.