Manitoba

Kentucky Derby horse has Manitoba-bred mom

Winnipeg horsebreeder Phil Kives is thinking about the one that got away — a mare whose foal is about to run in the Kentucky Derby.
Phil Kives poses with one of his yearlings at his farm just outside Winnipeg. (Angela Johnston/CBC)

Winnipeg horsebreeder Phil Kives is thinking about the one that got away — a mare whose foal is about to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Kives sold the mare, named Golden Works, for a paltry $7,000 a few years ago because she wasn't much of a runner, and the foals she had while he owned her weren't either.

But now one of the foals she had since being sold, Goldencents, will be in Saturday's big race in Louisville, Kentucky. As a result, Golden Works is worth a whole lot more now.

"If the horse should win the race [Golden Works] could be worth a half-a-million dollars. I think right now she's probably worth around $200,000 to $300,000. But that's racing you know, you win some, you lose some."

Kives is now getting numerous calls from people who want to know if he has any of Golden Works' relatives to sell.

"Unfortunately I don't have anything, you know? She had two foals and they couldn't run so I mean … I just got rid of them all," he said.

Kives intends to head over to Winnipeg's Assiniboia Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby on TV and might even put a couple of bucks on Goldencents.

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