Kentucky Oaks and Derby Recap

by: Sean Nix

Things have been non-stop since last Monday, the first day of Derby week.  I’ve tried to keep the blog updated throughout the week as to what I was hearing on the backside and seeing in the workouts.  The week leading up to Oaks and Derby was a very busy one for us.  We had new clients in town on Monday, our CEO, Steve McDonald arrived on Thursday along with existing clients, BDP International.  Having our Live Animal Division located in Louisville, KY has its benefits come Kentucky Derby week.

Steve and the crew from BDP International made their first trip to Churchill Downs for the Oaks and Derby.  As you may imagine, they were blown away by the experience.  I think the city of Louisville and Churchill Downs made a wonderful impression on these first timers.  To top off the experience for all of them, we had a client win the last race on the Kentucky Derby card and everyone had their picture taken in the winner’s circle.

Being able to work in the horse industry is amazing in itself, but when you’re able to bring people from outside of the industry and show them a great time on the greatest weekend in horse racing, it makes all of the rough patches worth while.

Onto the racing….

Steve Asmussen was able to capture the Oaks with his amazing filly, Untapable and Art Sherman captured the Derby with his California bred, California Chrome.  Both horses ran incredible races and neither was really ever challenged.  I really never got on the California Chrome bandwagon as I thought Danza had looked the part all week leading up to the Derby.  Danza didn’t necessarily disappoint finishing a well beaten third, but California Chrome definitely showed me he was the real deal.

With the Oaks and Derby now behind us, we look forward to getting back to work and making M2 Transport the best shipping company we can.

Untapable getting her Oaks Lilies after her win

Untapable getting her Oaks Lilies after her win

Scott and Sean in the Secretariat room on Oaks Day

Scott and Sean in the Secretariat room on Oaks Day

Saa Mi in the paddock before the final race on Derby day.

Saa Mi in the paddock before the final race on Derby day.

Kentucky Derby view from the backside

Kentucky Derby view from the backside

M2 Transport and clients in the paddock before Saa Mi's race

M2 Transport and clients in the paddock before Saa Mi’s race