Former Abilene football coach has horse in Kentucky Derby

Alan Wartes is used to coaching quarterbacks, not racehorses.

But he finds himself as part owner of Confidence Game, one of the 19 horses running in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

“We’re so excited. We can’t believe it.,” said Wartes. “We don’t know what we’re doing, but we’re going to have a heck of a time.”

Two years ago Wartes went in with about 25 friends to buy some horses. They were able to purchase four horses, and one of them was Confidence Game.

“The whole thing was we’re going to put some money together, have some fun, have something to root for. Go to some races, hang out with buddies and if we win that’ll be a bonus.

“In 2023 we’re living the bonus.”

Confidence Game won the Rebel Stakes in Arkansas and qualified for a spot in the Derby.

He was bought for $25,000 — making him the cheapest horse in the Derby. Just by getting this far, he’s now likely worth millions.

Click here to read the full article by Evan Nemec for KTXS 12 – ABC.

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