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The Kentucky Derby Could Have Its First Female-Trainer Winner This Weekend

Vicki Oliver will be just the 18th woman to saddle a horse in the legendary derby.


Twenty thoroughbred horses will race this Saturday at the 147th in , Kentucky. Among them is Hidden Stash, a contender that currently has 49-1 odds of winning the venerable Triple Crown competiton as of press time.

Why is such a long shot remarkable? Because Stash's trainer, , will be just the 18th woman to saddle a horse in the Derby and the first since Carla Gaines trained 12th-place finisher Bolo in 2015.  And if Hidden Stash wins, Oliver will be the first female trainer behind the success of a Kentucky Derby winner. 

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"I never dreamed we'd have one in here," Oliver told WHAS11 of Hidden Stash's entry in the race. "You weren't really thinking about it at all until we actually got here."

Though Oliver, whose father was a breeder and taught her about the horse business (she's been training them herself since 1998), understands that the odds are stacked against her and her horse, she believes that Stash and jockey Rafael Bejarano will give the rest of the field a run for their money. 

"We’ve done the ," Oliver told the Courier Journal in a separate interview. "You just keep the air in them and keep the fitness level up."

Justin Chan

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Justin Chan is a news writer at Previously, he was a trending news editor at Verizon Media, where he covered entrepreneurship, lifestyle, pop culture, and tech. He was also an assistant web editor at Architectural Record, where he wrote on architecture, travel, and design. Chan has additionally written for Forbes, Reader's Digest, Time Out New YorkHuffPost, Complex, and Mic. He is a 2013 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he studied magazine journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @jchan1109.