Vicki Oliver will be just the 18th woman to saddle a horse in the legendary derby.
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</div><div id="articleAdd"> <div class="gate-check"> <time datetime="2021-04-30 21:04:00" itemprop="datePublished" content="2021-04-30T21:04:00Z"> April 30, 2021 </time> 2 min read <small class="grey-text text-darken-1"> </small> Twenty thoroughbred horses will race this Saturday at the 147th <a href="https://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/kentucky-derby" class="auto-tagged ga-click ai-metadata" data-ga-category="autotag-linking" data-ga-label="ai-metadata" data-ga-action="/topic/kentucky-derby">Kentucky Derby</a> in <a href="https://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/louisville" class="auto-tagged ga-click ai-metadata" data-ga-category="autotag-linking" data-ga-label="ai-metadata" data-ga-action="/topic/louisville">Louisville</a>, Kentucky. Among them is <a href="https://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/hidden-stash" class="auto-tagged ga-click ent-tags" data-ga-category="autotag-linking" data-ga-label="ent-tags" data-ga-action="/topic/hidden-stash">Hidden Stash</a>, a contender that currently has <a href="https://www.kentuckyderby.com/wager/kentucky-derby-live-odds" rel="follow">49-1 odds</a> of winning the venerable Triple Crown competiton as of press time.
Why is such a long shot remarkable? Because Stash’s trainer, Vicki Oliver, will be just the 18th woman to saddle a horse in the Derby and the first since Carla Gaines trained 12th-place finisher Bolo in 2015. And if Hidden Stash wins, Oliver will be the first female trainer behind the success of a Kentucky Derby winner.
“I never dreamed we’d have one in here,” Oliver told WHAS11 of Hidden Stash’s entry in the race. “You weren’t really thinking about it at all until we actually got here.”
Though Oliver, whose father was a breeder and taught her about the horse business (she’s been training them herself since 1998), understands that the odds are stacked against her and her horse, she believes that Stash and jockey Rafael Bejarano will give the rest of the field a run for their money.
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