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Oklahoma's only Derby horse enjoying retirement



On May 6, 1989, a thoroughbred named Clever Trevor became the first and only Oklahoma-bred horse to ever run in the Kentucky Derby.
He finished 13th, but became the first accredited Oklahoma-bred to win more than $1 million in career earnings.
Now 21, Trevor grazes on the prairie grass at a farm near Piedmont.
Don McNeill, the horse's owner, once described Clever Trevor as "Oklahoma's horse." While it's been 15 years since Trevor retired from racing at age 6, his legendary status has not faded.
"This time of year always brings back great memories for everyone," said Robin Von Hemel, who co-runs the farm. "Trevor has brought a lot of happiness to people his entire life. He is a great horse with a tremendous heart, and he captured the imagination of a lot of people when he was racing."
Despite undergoing several arthroscopic procedures on each of his front knees, Clever Trevor won 15 times in 30 career starts, earning $1,388,841 total. He ran sixth in the 1991 Breeders' Cup Sprint, and after winning the Governor's Cup at Ellis Park the following year, he retired.
"What set Clever Trevor apart was his will. He had the mechanics and the cardiovascular " but he had the incredible will to win that all champions have," said McNeill. "Jay C. Upchurch


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