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2007 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Pedigree: Tiznow - Nine Flags (Forty Niner)

Owner: Mike Shustek

Trainer: Craig Dollase


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In November 2005, when Mr. Shustek entered the courthouse of the 9th circuit of appeals, he was accompanied by his attorney, Ted Boutrous, Jr. As one of the partners at the prestigious law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Ted Boutrous has represented such clients as Ford Motor Company and Dow Jones. Mr. Shustek made a deal with Ted…if he won the case, he would gladly name a horse in his honor.

In December 2005, the verdict was released and Ted Boutrous was victorious! So, the search was on to find a quality horse that met the criteria of Mr. Shustek. Mr. Shustek later met with Craig Dollase to look for the perfect horse with great breeding to go a mile and a quarter. In the Barrett’s May 2006 Two Year In Training Sale, the search ended quickly on Hip #6 a Tiznow Colt out of a Forty Niner mare. The horse was previously named and a name change had to be submitted to The Jockey Club, and the name Boutrous was born.

Boutrous is a well-mannered, very mature colt for just being two years old. Dollase took his time in getting Boutrous to the races. On September 17, 2006, Boutrous made his first start. It was a 6.5 furlong race at Fairplex (5 furlong track). Craig Dollase told Mr. Shustek that this race was just for experience. Just as the race was getting close to the end, Boutrous was starting to make his move. After the race was finished, Boutrous continued another lap around the track. Boutrous was bred for longer distances.

Boutrous’ next start was 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park. Again, Boutrous showed no early speed and was 13 lengths behind the pacesetter in a field of ten. As they started to enter the far turn, Boutrous started to make his bid and gain ground with every stride. Coming down the lane, he went to the outside and won going away. His next race was another 1 1/16 miles. It was a complete replica of the previous race, but Boutrous only fell 4 lengths behind the pacesetter.

Boutrous fourth start was in the California Derby with the betting public making him an even money favorite. On the far turn, with about ¼ of a mile left to go, Boutrous was in full gear. Hall of Fame Jockey Kent Desmoreaux, tried to take the short way home along the rail. As quickly as Boutrous went to his full gear, he was blocked and had to be steadied. Desmoreaux quickly got Boutrous going again, however, he finished 5 lengths behind the winner.

Boutrous loves to run. In fact, after every win, he sprints back to the winner’s circle. Each morning, Boutrous jogs between 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 miles. He does this effortlessly.