Two women looking to become first female trainer to win Ky. Derby

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Posted on May 5, 2011 at 1:57 PM

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Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Horseracing is traditionally thought of as a man's sport but this year there are two women looking to change that by trying to become the first female trainer to win the Kentucky Derby.

In every Kentucky Derby there has to be a favorite and there is the ultimate long shot.

Watch Me Go, the horse that won the Tampa Bay Derby is 50-1, the longest odds on the board. And his trainer is something of a long shot too. After 40 years in the business, Kathleen O' Connell is delighted to be here after a humble beginning in the horse barns.    

“Way back then my first license says pony boy because they didn't even have a girl classification for that section. So, you know, being involved in the business for so long, this is everybody's dream. I mean they'd be lying if they were in the horse business and say they didn't dream of this. So it's really an honor to be here,” said O’ Connell.

And with the honor comes a very real chance to win the Derby. Rafael Bejarano will ride Watch Me Go, and they break from the far outside in post position 20.
 

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