Juan C. Leyva
Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Residence: Pembroke Pines, FL
Racing background: Introduced to racing by his father, the 30-year-old Leyva began riding match races in California at the age of 12 and was riding professionally when he was 16. He was the regular rider for Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) winner Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse Award champion as top female sprinter. His victory in the FM Sprint came in his first career Breeders’ Cup mount. Leyva rode his first winner, Erhard, at Turf Paradise on Jan. 6, 2001, and captured his first graded stakes on 47-1 long shot How’s Your Halo in the 2009 Richter Scale (G2), now known as the Gulfstream Park Sprint.
Roger and I both are retired UPS operations managers. We’ve been in the bsiness about 45 years total in a small way. One time we bought a huge farm and developed it, had mares and foals and sales and racing and the whole sphere. That only lasted 3 or four years in Lexington ky. we found out it was more fun to race and probably overall less expensive. WE sold the farm probably in 1999. it was called diamond oaks farm in Lexington ky and all the mares and horses we had with exception of a couple of racehorses. All we’ve done since then is race 1 or 2 since then, nmever anything big. This the biggest thing really that’s ever happeded to us to have a horse of this waulity in all of the 45 years, so uit’s a thrill for us just to be on the derby trail and have the fun of doing it.
Ghe was named when we bought him. If you look at the names you can see where the name came from. When we named a lto fo our racehorses tah’s the way we’d do it also, based on the sire and dam.
The only real other horse that you could say would be a real success story was by the name of Debit My Account. We were partners on her and she won several stakes races and about 458,000. We kept her as a broodmare and we sold some yearnlings out of her and our best yearling out of her was by unbridled and he sold for 360,000 but he never did run a lick. He was one of those that was on the opposite end o fwhat you’d expect from an unbridled out of anice mare. Just oen of those things. She was a great mare but most of her wins were at turfway park in ky but she won several stakes asrces up there.
Most of our hores have been allowance or claimers. We’ve only one other stakes placed horse. this is the first time we’ve ever had two of this quality. We’ve got east hall and holiday magic both. Holiday magic she’s probably going to go in the oaks.
We leave it up to bill. He calls us and makes a recommendation and we usually go along with what he recommends. Bill is a top notch guy. I think the wolrd of him. He’s a combat veteran and I’m a vet and of coruse that’ gives us something in common. We’re proud to be associated with him. He was army I was air force and I didn’t found out about it until last year that he was a decorated combat vet. Io work very hard here at home making veteranms issues bringing them out in the publick and helping the vets.
Hendricks, H. Jack. and Justice, Roger
Residences: Lexington, KY
Racing/professional background: Hendricks and Justice are both retired operations managers for global delivery service UPS, the largest employer in Louisville, KY. They have been in the thoroughbred business for 45 years, owning mostly claiming and allowance horses. At one time they owned Diamond Oaks Farm in Lexington, KY, where they bred, foaled, raised and raced horses before selling the operation in 1999. In partnership, they campaigned Debit My Account, a multiple stakes winner at Turfway Park in the mid-1990s who they retained as a broodmare following her racing career. East Hall was third in the Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1 and second in the Seacliff Stakes at Calder in August. They also co-own filly Holiday Magic, a contender for the Gulfstream Park Oaks.
Born: Brooklyn, NY
Residence: Plantation, FL
Racing background: Kaplan, 68, has built a reputation and made his specialty winning races with inexpensive and modestly priced 2-year-olds, purchased mainly in Ocala. Campaigned Florida-bred Musical Romance to the 2011 Eclipse Award as top female sprinter. Musical Romance won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), Princess Rooney (G1), Inside Information (G2) and Presque Isle Downs Masters (G2) in her career. Other top horses include 2007 Sunshine Millions Dash winner Storm in May; Imawildandcrazyguy, fourth in the 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1); and Seacliff, who swept the open division of the 1995 Florida Stallion Stakes. Kaplan was a Second Lieutentant in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Took flying lessons and created Air South, a charter service between South Florida and Disney World. Began training in1981.
Cindy Falter, Jenny Moyer & Sarah Wrather