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Look for the Colorado flag on a horse during the Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2024, 10:18 AM | Updated: 10:57 am

This weekend is the 150th Kentucky Derby, and this year’s field includes a horse with a unique connection to Colorado. Derby contender West Saratoga is named after West Saratoga Avenue in Englewood. The horse’s owner, Harry Veruchi, grew up on West Saratoga, which is between Federal Boulevard and Decatur Street. Veruchi said he used to walk over to the Centennial Race Track with a friend and sneak in to watch the races because you had to 16. He fell in love with racing.

He followed his passion for horse racing and went on to own more than 100 horses over the last 42 years. He bought West Saratoga horse for $11,000, and they usually go for a lot more. It has turned out to be a winner. West Saratoga’s jockey will be wearing a bright yellow shirt with red and blue stripes on the arms. It will feature the Colorado state flag across the back. All of the jockeys on Veruchi’s horse have donned the same uniforms since the 1980s. Look for it Saturday at 4:57 p.m., put your money on West Saratoga.

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