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Kentucky Derby horse has Fort Edward ties

Mark Mulholland & WNYT Staff
Created: April 29, 2021 05:48 PM

If you're not sure who to root for in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, you might consider a horse named Brooklyn Strong.

The 50 to 1 longshot was born in Fort Edward at Shamrock Hill Farm.

The owners of the small farm have never been to the Kentucky Derby, but they plan to drive their pick-up truck to Churchill Downs Saturday and hope their horse wins.

To appreciate the horse, you have to understand where it came from.

Cheryl Prudhomme, a former chemist, and her husband, Michael Gallivan, who retired recently from his Cohoes dental practice after 47 years, say their little farm barely makes ends meet. Now their hopes have never been higher.

The horse they bred is up against the biggest, richest horse farms in the world.

They sold Brooklyn Strong for $30,000.

The current owner, Mark Schwartz, bought him for $5,000, and he's been winning some races.

Three wins and a little luck landed him a spot in the Kentucky Derby, a first for the owner, trainer, jockey, and breeder.

The drive to Churchill Downs will be the first time the couple has been off the farm together in five years.

The Derby won't be all fun and games for Gallivan and Prudhomme. It's going to be a working trip. They're going to load up the trailer with a couple of horses and take them to Kentucky for breeding. Then they will roll into Louisville in time to see their 50-1 horse run in the derby.

Coverage of the Kentucky Derby starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on NewsChannel 13. The actual race is scheduled to kick off at 6:57 p.m.


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