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Saratoga area men have horse racing in Kentucky Derby

April 23, 2018 11:03 AM

"I was five years old the first time I came to the track and I just loved it. I'd sit in the paddock and watch the horse and I was enthralled by it," said Rob Slack, a partner in Don't Tell My Wife Stables.

Ever since then Slack has been hooked on horses -- only this time it's with his his partners. The stables have eight founders in total, three of the eight owners are local.

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"We would have a conference call every week and one of the guys that is a partner with us, Mike Alteri, is from Hartford, Connecticut. He would say, 'What ever you do, don't tell my wife,'" said Slack.

As they say, the rest is history. Don't Tell My Wife Stables was off to the races.

"The initial investment was around $1,500 and now My Boy Jack is valued at $3 million. It speaks for itself," said Tom Smith, a partner in Don't Tell My Wife Stables.

My Boy Jack is one of six horses the group owns. He will race for the first time at the upcoming Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

"He's got a lot of heart. Some horses don't know why they're here and some horses do. He knows why he's out there an he doesn't like to get beat," said Slack.

My Boy Jack is said to be a closer so the odds may be good.

"I've never been to the Kentucky Derby. I've been to the Preakness, the Belmont. This will make the trifecta for me. This will get all three and hopefully we can get a win. I never could have imagined it," said Smith.

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