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Breeders Cup 2015

Plank Has Big Plans for Sagamore Farm

Kevin Plank tries to play it cool, but sometimes he just can't maintain the facade.

"We were, like, jumping out of our skins," the Under Armour founder says, sounding like a teenager as he recalls the scene after his filly Shared Account won a $2 million Breeder's Cup race in November as a 46-1 long shot. "They were lucky I didn't take off my shirt and run across the finish line myself."

Such wins are just what Plank expected when he bought historic Sagamore Farm four years ago with dreams of re-creating a world-class racing operation in northern Baltimore County. But the payoff came a touch sooner than anyone expected. 

"It's validation of what we've been doing here," Plank said on a spring afternoon from a cozy chair in the farm office. "We're more than pretty white fences and beautiful green fields. We want to be a farm to be considered. We want people to say, 'Uh-oh, a Sagamore horse is in this field.'"

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