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Sam P and Laura relax after a dressage lesson

Sam P ran the Derby, was meant for dressage

By any measure, onetime Kentucky Derby contender Sam P was a whole lot of horse. Frequently placing in multiple graded stakes races —3rd in the 2007 Santa Anita Derby and 9th in the Kentucky Derby that same year— the hard knocking chestnut gelding earned close to $400,000 in 31 starts before he was ultimately retired to pursue a hunter/jumper career. Although he ran into a bit of a tight spot finding his permanent home— at one point he was reportedly offered for sale at $20,000, but there were no takers—all the cards fell into place for him last February, according […]