LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Carson Valley business owner Mike Pegram has a horse in the race this weekend.
Just not the race.
Pegram, who owned 1998 Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet and 2010 Preakness winner Lookin at Lucky, had a contender in this weekend’s Derby — Govenor Charlie — but withdrew the horse on Monday.
Govenor Charlie had been 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 1.25-mile race at Churchill Downs, which is set for Saturday.
Govenor Charlie had been on a layoff since April 11 with a foot bruise and soreness in his hind end, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert announced the withdrawal Monday after Govenor Charlie galloped for the first time in over two weeks.
“You cannot have any kind of hiccup,” Baffert said. “We want to be competitive and if you’re not competitive, my clients don’t want to be in there. We’re just going to watch and good luck to everybody else.”
Baffert said Govenor Charlie could be pointed toward the May 18 Preakness.
Still, another Pegram horse, Midnight Lucky, will compete in today’s Kentucky Oaks, also at Churchill Downs, at 2 p.m.
The filly will be the favorite in the Oaks after winning her first two races.
A watch party is set for 2 p.m. today at Pegram’s local casinos, the Carson Valley Inn and Bodines.
The Derby will also be broadcast at both sites on Saturday at 3 p.m.
“It’s really something down here when one of Mike’s horses are going,” Carson Valley Inn director of sales and marketing Bill Henderson said. “People really get into it.”