Kentucky Derby hopeful honors victims of Boston Marathon bombings

In this photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Wicked Strong, with Rajiv Maragh aboard, captures The Wood Memorial Stakes horse race at Aqueduct Race Track in New York, Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/New York Racing Association, David Alcosser)
Wicked Strong, with Rajiv Maragh aboard, took the top spot at The Wood Memorial Stakes horse race at Aqueduct Race Track in New York, on April 5, 2014.
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Humans aren’t the only ones running in support of the victims of the Boston marathon bombings. Add Wicked Strong, a 3-year-old colt owned by Centennial Farms in Beverly, Mass. – and now a Kentucky Derby hopeful – to the list.

Shortly after the marathon bombings last April, Centennial Farms owner Don Little Jr.’s wife attended a Bruins game, where she was inspired to re-name their horse with something that represented Boston’s enduring spirit. Since “Boston Strong” had already been given to another horse, Little needed to come up with another name.

“I got a call from my wife and she says ‘I have a new name for the horse. Let’s name him Wicked Strong.’ So I submitted the name to the Jockey Club and it was approved,” Little said, according to NECN.

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Additionally, Centennial Farms will donate 1% of Wicked Strong’s lifetime earnings to The One Fund Boston, which supports the Marathon bombing victims and their families.

Wicked Strong took the top spot at the Wood Memorial Stakes on April 5, earning 100 Kentucky Derby points and $590,000. After his win, Wicked Strong now sits at #3 in the Kentucky Derby standings. He’s guaranteed a spot in the big race if he remains healthy.

According to Forbes, Little said that if Wicked Strong makes it to the Kentucky Derby, he wants to bring along a few additional people to support the team. “It would be nice,” said Little, “if we could try to get one or two of the [marathon] victims and their families to come to the Derby if we decide to go.”