LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Local resident Joe Bucci, is near fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning a horse that participates in the Kentucky Derby.
Honorable Dillon, which is named after his grandson, just won the Hutcheson Stakes in Florida while beating out an elite field including a horse owned by New England Patriot wide receiver Wes Welker.
Honorable Dillon won it’s maiden race in Saratoga and since then is tearing up every course he races in, but for Bucci, the dream of being in the Derby now runs with Honorable Dillon.
“The one thing better then a grade two races is a grade one race at the Kentucky Derby,” said Bucci.
According to Bucci, Honorable Dillon performed brilliantly in front of a huge crowd at the Gulf Stream Racetrack in Florida. The horse trains at Palm Beach, Del Ray, Florida
Honorable Dillon has made four starts and has 2 wins, 1 place, and 1 show.
“We are looking for one more strong finish this year, either a first or second and hopefully that will get us to the Derby, said Bucci,”It looks like our next race will be the Florida Derby or Wood Memorial in NY.”
Bucci almost passed up this moment, when he nearly sold the horse for $400,000, but thanks to some advice from his tax advisor he held off and now that the horse is on a winning streak has an estimated value of over 1 million dollars.
Honorable Dillon was sired by Tapit, who is currently the 2nd best rated sire in the country.