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Hero of Order, Dorochenko Arrive at Keeneland

4/4/2012

Hero of Order, the 109-1 winner of the Grade II Louisiana Derby, arrived at Keeneland Monday night -- joining his owner/trainer’s 30-horse string at the track.

Gennadi Dorochenko was at Keeneland Wednesday morning fielding congratulations just about everywhere he turned.

Dorochenko, who was born in Russia and rode for a time in the United States before turning to training, bought Hero of Order for $3,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. At Keeneland last October, the Sharp Humor colt made the fifth start of his career, and was disqualified from third to sixth in a 1 1/16-mile maiden claiming event.

Hero of Honor entered the Louisiana Derby with only a maiden win in 13 starts. Bettors obviously overlooked the colt, but Dorochenko said he had confidence.

“Look, I spend my life with horses,” he said. “Would I run a horse in a million-dollar race who doesn’t have a chance?”

This morning, the second-most popular question for Dorochenko was, “What’s next for Hero of Order?”

“I want to see if the horse is healthy,” Dorochenko said. “There are plenty of races.”

But the Kentucky Derby won't be one of them due to the fact that Dorochenko didn't nominate Hero of Order to the Triple Crown.

--Edited Keeneland release with additional content by Dick Downey

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