There are owners who go out and spend millions of dollars looking for a
Kentucky Derby horse, and trainers who stockpile prospects in the hope
that one of them gets there. Mike Machowsky does not have that luxury.
He trains 15 horses. Not 15 3-year-olds. Fifteen horses. Yet of those
15, two - Caracortado and Nextdoorneighbor, both homebreds - have
emerged as legitimate Derby contenders, and are taking the Santa
Anita-based Machowsky, 44, on the ride of his life.