Watch this horse race for wounded veterans at the Kentucky Derby

Matt Saintsing
May 04, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Photo by Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


Time to dust off your biggest hats, imbibe with your favorite bourbon-based libation, and tune into Churchhill Downs Racetrack this Saturday for the 144th Kentucky Derby to watch a horse racing for a nonprofit that builds and donates homes for injured veterans.

Combatant, a Bay colored Kentucky bred horse is a 50:1 odd, but this year he’s running for to raise awareness for Homed For Our Troops.

“Since 2004, we have built over 250 homes nationwide, and we hope that the awareness garnered through Combatant's efforts in the Derby will help us reach our goal of building a home for every Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran who qualifies for one of our specially adapted custom homes,” said Tom Landwermeyer, President and CEO at Homes For Our Troops.

Trained by Steve Admussen the three-year old horse’s name pays homage to the vets who receive houses through Homes For Our Troops. Combatant is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, and they’ll donate 100 percent of any proceeds from Official Kentucky Derby “Combatant” merchandize sales to the nonprofit organization.

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On Thursday, Sentient Jet, a private aviation company and sponsor of Combatant, hosted a group of veterans on the backside of Churchhill Downs for a personal introduction to the Derby field, and the Combatant team.

Sentient Jet will host the veterans, and their spouses on Saturday, May 5—the day of the Derby—as their guests for a day at the races.

Case Clay, a representative of Team Combatant said they’re “thrilled to help bring awareness to an important foundation,” at this year’s Derby.