Hey folks great story about two Cuban exiles who own a horse running Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
One of the owners is a former political prisoner. The horse’s name is Gayego.
Few, if any, have traveled a more improbable and circuitous route to the Kentucky Derby than Carlos Juelle and Jose Prieto. The Cuban émigrés journey to the owners’ suite at Churchill Downs traces back nearly four decades to hard-labor camps and a maximum security prison run by Fidel Castro’s communist regime.
Juelle, a 68-year-old semi-retired business executive from Rolling Hills, Calif., and Prieto, a 78-year-old medical practitioner from Glendale, Calif., are the owners of Gayego, the winner of the prestigious Arkansas Derby. The overachieving colt, purchased at the 2006 Keeneland yearling sale for the relatively paltry price of $32,000, is the only horse the two friends own.
H/T: Ed G.