“I’m Crazy”: Equestrian Trainer Worth $14,715,218 Aims for Another Spectacular Upset

Published 09/25/2023, 4:15 PM EDT

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The saying goes, “A tool can be very useful or completely useless, depending on the user.” Seasoned Horse trainer Uriah St. Lewis who has given evidence in support of this has yet again taken up the challenge to beat the odds and conquer the Equestrian world. While his past achievements with worse odds show his immense capabilities in performing the impossible, will he preserve or will he finally take back his words?

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This time his odds are 50-1 with Pennsylvania Derby Modern Era, which may be worse than his time with ‘Discreet Lover’ but better than ‘Informative’, though these may not be enough for consolation against said odds.

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The veteran quotes “I Have Been Crazy Before” while he hears the whispers of the community claiming that he cannot win. Lewis smiles when he hears the speculations of the community and quotes “I have been crazy before with Discreet Lover,”  while further adding. “I have been crazy before with Informative.”. His past records of winning a gold with Discreet Lover where the odds were 45-1 and his win of Grade 3 Salvator Mile with Informative at 79-1 have given him confidence that cannot be broken so easily. Further, he claims that people need to be crazy in order to win quoting “If you don’t buy a lottery ticket, you can’t win. I bought my ticket.”

 

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Since Lewis was a teenager, when he first moved to the United States from Trinidad in 1973, he has enjoyed watching horse races. He had a routine of heading straight to the racetracks after school to see the graceful equine athletes. After starting out in the computer industry, he and his wife eventually acquired a farm in Oklahoma and relocated out West.

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When you have a seasoned trainer like Lewis, who has won over 430 races and made over 6900 starts (he is almost at 7000), and who has a track record of pulling off the seemingly impossible, it is hard not to think that he can pull off another upset. He always dreamed of competing at the highest levels, and now he finally is. The trainer’s skills are undeniable, but what about the horse?

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Modern Era, a son of Honor Code who even though has not bagged any major wins yet is not to be underestimated as the horse’s last start at Monmouth resulted in it scoring 3 place after considerable effort. Though not as bizarre as his win was his injury earlier in his career when he injured his right back leg by getting startled for an unknown reason and kicking the barn window. It took Lewis a month to take out a glass shard by using Epsom salts. It also cost the colt seven months before he could return to the races.

St. Lewis is testing the waters once again. This time with a horse who has long been considered an underdog, Modern Era (50-1) in the betPARX Pennsylvania Derby. His record speaks for itself, as he has previously won with longshots including 45-1 odds shot Discreet Lover and 79-1 shots shot Informative. St. Lewis says that, like purchasing a lottery ticket, you have to be a little “crazy” to be successful in this sport. As the race progresses, we see a tale of perseverance, twists and turns, and the excitement that comes from not knowing what will happen.

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