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Doug O'Neill

Trainer

Doug O'Neill began training in 1994 and has been a perennial leader on the southern California racing circuit. In 2012 he rose to the highest level of the sport by saddling I'll Have Another to win the 138th Kentucky Derby and he would also go on to capture the Preakness stakes but was retired before a run for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Prior to his success with I'll Have Another, Doug was recognized for his campaigning of the popular gelding Lava Man who he claimed for $50,000 and would go on to win over $5 million including grade 1 races on three different surfaces while capturing the hearts and interest of fans around the world. Lava Man is now the stable pony for Team O'Neill and escorted I'll Have Another to the post of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories. He has saddled the winners of three Breeders Cup races and trained three Eclipse champions. Other top stable stars include He's Had Enough, Goldencents, Know More, Handsome Mike, Stevie Wonderboy, Thor's Echo, Square Eddie, Maryfield, Great Hunter and Notional. He credits his brother Dennis, stable manager and bloodstock agent, for helping with his success.

Reddam Racing LLC

Owner

Paul Reddam is the President of CashCall a financial lending company. He founded Ditech.com, a mortgage loan company in 1995 and sold it to GM in 1999. 2012 took the Reddam Racing Stable to the pinnacle of horse racing by capturing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes with I'll Have Another. An injury to the colt would prevent them from particiapting in a Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes. Paul has had major success in the thoroughbred industry prior to the exploits of I'll Have Another with such horses as Breeder's Cup champions Wilko and Red Rocks as well as G1 winner Square Eddie which he purchased in Europe before bringing them to the states. He was introduced to racing through the Standardbred industry in the early 1980's and still maintains and interest though the bulk of his stable consists now of thoroughbreds. Other top runners are Elloluv, Great Hunter, Cash Included and Swept Overboard. He maintains a breeding and racing operation in England and the states.

Pedigree

Know More’s juvenile form may offer little encouragement for the Kentucky Derby, but he is bred to get the distance.

His sire, Lion Heart, held on for a clear second in the 2004 Run for the Roses after setting the early pace. In his trademark front-running style, Lion Heart also won the Hollywood Futurity and Haskell, and was just nailed late in the Blue Grass.

Exported to Turkey in early 2010, Lion Heart has since made a big splash with his runners. That same year, his son Line of David captured the Arkansas Derby; Dangerous Midge took the Breeders' Cup Turf; and Kantharos rolled through a perfect juvenile season before suffering a career-ending injury. Lion Heart had another banner year in 2012, with Super Derby winner Bourbon Courage and several promising juveniles from his final North American crop -- including Kentucky Jockey Club winner Uncaptured, one of the early Kentucky Derby favorites; Falling Sky; Purple Egg; and the filly Touch Magic.

Know More is out of Seattle Qui, a daughter of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. She is also the dam of juvenile stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Classical Slew, a son of the speedy Bernstein. The broodmare is out of a mare by 1979 Kentucky Derby winner and 1980 Horse of the Year Spectacular Bid and counts German highweighted mare Que Belle as a half-sister.

This is a classy female family with plenty of stamina influences.

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