Parma-raised Rousing Sermon will race in Kentucky Derby

By Brian Murphy

Rousing Sermon, raised in Parma and owned by Treasure Valley business owners Larry and Marianne Williams, will race in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. Larry Williams said he reached the decision to run Rousing Sermon in the Derby on Wednesday morning.

"We know we have a good horse. Do we have a great horse?" Williams said. "We're just going to put him in. We've always been willing to take a chance and that's what we're doing."

The horse was raised at the Tree Top Ranches in Parma, where the Williams' have 30 thoroughbreds. They also have horses in California and Kentucky.

Rousing Sermon, the offspring of Williams-owned horses Lucky Pulpit (sire) and Rousing Again (dam), finished third in the Louisiana Derby in his last race.

Rousing Sermon qualified for the Derby through his performances in graded stakes races, but the owners still had to decide if running in the race was the best decision.

"It's so hard to get there that we just determined we better do it while we could," Williams said.

Williams said he expects Rousing Sermon to be a 40- or 50-to-1 longshot in the Kentucky Derby. He said more than 40 people — employees, family and friends — will make the trip for the race.

"We'll be happy if we end up in the top half. There are 20 horses that run in the Derby," he said. "We'll be pleased if we run in the top 50 percent. You'd always like to do better than that.

The Kentucky Derby draw will be held on May 2.

Williams is a co-owner of Treasure Valley Racing, which operates Les Bois Park in Boise. Les Bois Park begins its live race meet on May 2. The park will also have racing on May 5, the day of the Kentucky Derby.

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Good luck, Larry!

Larry and Marianne, may the racing gods be with you on the first Saturday in May. Take it easy on the mint juleps and bring that blanket of roses back home. Go baby go, Rousing Sermon!

I guess if you're going to name a race horse

in a religious context, "Rousing Sermon" is much better than "Asleep at the Pulpit." Best of luck, folks....Sunny...

Did I mention

that I enjoy all posts by Sunny........

Another case of abuse

Racing the Kentucky Derby by 2 year olds is a total abuse of immature animals. I have been around horses for the last 70 years and always knew that the young horses had to be treated gently so their bones would mature and harden. We always gave the colts and phillys an extra year before working them hard, like 4 or 5 years to develop good joints and bones. The Ken Der runs 2 year olds; immature colts, mostly, who hardly ever run another race after their gilded run. The horses are beaten for the length of the course to make them go faster and many horses break bones in their feet and legs due to their immaturity. What an abuse of horses. Why don't they run 6 or 8 year olds that have matured? Futurity stakes are deadly.

Just goes to show

That you don't know much about what you talk about, maybe you been around horses too long (70 years worth) The Derby is for 3 year olds, bone growthby then is fine, unless maybe your jumping of course, then you don't even start until after the 4th year there.
But to race is what they are bred for, my old stud had 14 outs as a two year old and ended up retiring sound after 9 years of racing and 121 outs (starts) Maybe you should go back to cleaning the stalls.

Just to set you straight....

Euphuy: First, the horses that run in the Kentucky Derby are 3 year olds--not 2 year olds. That's why it's called a derby. Derby's are always for three year old horses; two year old horses run in Futurities. Second...It's fillies, not phillys. Finally, I've watched horse races my entire life--and specifically the Kentucky Derby every year for over 25 years. Horses are not "beaten" the entire length of the race. Jockeys may use a whip, but it's not usually until the last 1/4 or 1/8 mile of the race.
just saying....

Euphuy, you're incorrect...

Euphuy, let's put this in a nice way. You are incorrect. There are so many misstatements and falsehoods in your comment. The above poster has already pointed out a few misstatements. Let me correct you on your assertion that horses that have run in the Kentucky Derby end up being so abused that they can't race again after the Derby. False! They are usually retired to a life at stud (now that's a nice perk) because of the economic value of a breeding stallion, not because they are broken down. Get your facts straight. Misinformation on the Internet helps no one.

It sounds like

Euphuy may have quit school to be around horses, and there's nothing wrong with that--so don't ridicule him. Even though Euphuy makes some errors, there are a lot of veteran trainers that don't like to rush their 3-year old colts for the Kentucky Derby for the very reasons that he states. Their joints and bones are a major concern at that early age, and a lot of horses don't make it to race at age four.

Murph, good article and I wish that the Statesman would give this sport a lot better coverage.

SO? I won't watch it anyway...


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