A former UK student is on track to compete in the Kentucky Derby this May. He’s not your traditional student, however, but one of Kentucky’s most popular four-legged friends — a horse.
Casiguapo is a Thoroughbred who was raised in the UK Equine Science & Management program. Students who participate in the program tend to the horses and take care of them as their own, producing approximately 20 Thoroughbreds for auction each year.
The horse, which was sold for just under $5,000 to now owner Jorge Wagner, has already run in several races, coming in third place in his first race against more seasoned contenders. Not long after, he took first place in his second race and has fared well in many others, including a second-place win at the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes in November. Since Casiguapo began racing in early 2013, he has earned $287,665 in winnings.
Casiguapo and other horses in the equine science program are often donated by local families in the horse industry, helping to promote interest in the field for the farmers of tomorrow. The horse’s mother still resides at UK and is due to give birth again this spring.