Charismatic

In the late 90’s, thoroughbred racing was desperate for astory of deliverance – track attendance was in steep decline, starts like Seattle Slew and Secretariat were distant memories, drug abuse and bulimia were becoming issues in the jockey colony, and America’s love affair with the Sport of Kings was waning. Racing needed a horse to claim one of sport’s most ultimate prizes and the glory that came with it.

Into this void bolted Charismatic and his jockey Chris Antley, both thought to be lost causes. Charismatic, a young horse with impossible odds and Antley, a symbol of the problems the jockey community faced and who many experts considered “washed up”. Together, this perfect pair, along with the expertise of legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas, became the biggest long shot in 59 years to win the prized Kentucky Derby, followed up with another shocking win at the Preakness. They may have been denied their Hollywood ending but their story of redemption lives on.

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