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Mike Pegram

Owner Profile

Mike Pegram
Michael E. Pegram was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky in 1952, and is one of the most renowned thoroughbred racehorse owners in the United States today. Growing up in Indiana, Pegram used to attend the races at Ellis Park Racecourse as well as Churchill Downs Racecourse across the state border in Kentucky. This is reportedly where the horseracing bug bit him.

The first horses that Pegram owned were quarter horses in partnership with his father. The pair also owned a few McDonald's franchises in Washington state. Later, Pegram relocated the business to Arizona, and today is reported to own 22 McDonald's. During the late 1980s he met well-known racehorse trainer Bob Baffert, and switched to owning thoroughbreds.
Mike Pegram
According to reports, from a young age it was always a dream of Pegram's to own a Kentucky Derby winner, and thanks to Bob Baffert and top-rated jockey Kent Desormeaux, that dream came true in 1998 with Real Quiet. In the same year, Real Quiet also won the Preakness Stakes.

Pegram has since enjoyed much success as a thoroughbred racehorse owner and has celebrated wins in such auspicious races as the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Kentucky Oaks. In 2007 and 2008 he celebrated victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint with Midnight Lute. Pegram is reported to have between 20 and 25 thoroughbreds currently in training with Bob Baffert.

Mike Pegram - 10 Notable Horses Owned

Real Quiet


High Stakes Player

Captain Steve

Favored One

Queen of Money

Miss Gibson County


The Texas Tunnel

Arches of Gold

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