Arlington Million

Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael B. Tabor

Derrick Smith was born in London, England and resides in Barbados. He is part-owner of Sandy Lane Hotel with John Magnier, Michael Tabor and J.P. McManus. He first gained prominence as a co-owner with Michael Tabor in such horses as Lion Heart, Pomeroy, Sense of Style and third-place 2003 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Chapel Royal. Smith has since been a partner in many top horses trained by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland, such as George Washington and Alexandrova, as well as Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Hurricane Run.

Michael Tabor was born Oct. 28, 1941 in the East End of London and resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco and Barbados. When he reached his mid-20s, he decided to purchase two betting shops of his own in High Wycombe. These two shops grew into a chain of 113 under the Arthur Prince banner. On Sept. 29, 1995 he sold the entire chain to Coral. In the 2007 issue of The Sunday Times Rich List, Tabor was rated the 118th Richest Man in Britain with a fortune of more than $1.2 billion. It wasn't until 1994 that he started increasing his stable and became a leading buyer at yearling sales throughout Europe and North America, mainly in partnership with John Magnier and his Coolmore Stud organization. His principal trainers are Aidan O'Brien, in Ireland, and D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher in America. He also has horses in England with Neville Callaghan, Jeremy Noseda, David Elsworth, Gerard Butler, Alan Jarvis and Sir Michael Stoute, in Ireland with David Wachman and in France with John Hammond and Andre Fabre. Tabor's first equine superstar was the Lukas-trained Thunder Gulch who won the 1995 Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes. He won the 1997 Arlington Million with Marlin

Mrs. John Magnier is the daughter of famed Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien. Mrs. Magnier was raised at Ballydoyle House, Cashel, County Tipperary in Ireland. Mrs. Magnier's husband, John, is the managing partner of Coolmore-Castle Associated Stud Farms.